Derek Carr has been plagued by poor pass catching all season. The quarterback has not lived up to expectations after signing the second biggest contract in NFL history, but he has not had a strong supporting cast either.
The Raiders have five drops on Sunday, the most in the NFL in week 11. Usually reliable Michael Crabtree had two drops and Johnny Holton saw a ball bounce off his shoulder pads and result in an interception.
But Carr isn’t blaming his teammates.
“I got to throw the ball better, the drops, it's got to be something to do with me, I got to throw it better, I got to put it on them, better timing, it's on me. It's on me to get that fixed and I'm going to work to do that,” Carr said.
Carr will always take the blame. He will always accept fault in place of a teammate. He is the quarterback, the leader of this underperforming offense. But while his play has struggled, the drops are not Carr’s fault.
The Raiders receivers have to be better. What started as an Amari Cooper problem has become a team-wide issue. Cooper leads the NFL in drops, but did not have on Sunday. Instead Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts created most of the frustration.
Tight end Jared Cook has become the lone pass catcher that Carr can trust to haul in passes, but even Cook doesn’t have steady hands.
The Raiders offense has many problems, but not having receivers hold onto passes prevents any chance of improvement.
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