Drew Brees knows what it’s like to be an elite quarterback. Even at 38 years old, Brees is still playing at a high level in New Orleans.
While Brees probably won’t continue to play at this level for long, he acknowledged his opponent, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, is just starting to scratch the surface of what he can become. Brees offered some high praise for the third-year quarterback Thursday.
“(Carr is) one of those guys I look at and say, of all the young quarterbacks, he probably has the opportunity to be one of the best,” Brees said according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur.
Carr showed signs of progression during his second season with the Raiders, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. Most of Carr’s statistical categories saw drastic improvements and Carr also looked the part of a proficient NFL starter.
Carr’s third season will be a defining one, as it is for most young quarterbacks. The Raiders are under the microscope as a sexy pick to win the AFC West and Carr will be expected to catalyze an offense featuring weapons Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and running back Latavius Murray.
Oakland’s playoff hopes will likely rest on Carr’s shoulders, but high praise from a man who has climbed the NFL mountain should have many encouraged about Carr’s potential.