The New Orleans Saints made their prize free agent signing official on Saturday when they officially introduced new quarterback Derek Carr.
Saints fans will hope the former Las Vegas Raider, who chose the Saints over the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, can bring stability to a quarterback position that has lacked production since Drew Brees retired following the 2020 season.
Carr broached the subject of trying to fill Brees’ shoes with honesty on Saturday. According to Katherine Terrell of ESPN, he vowed not to try to be Brees.
Derek Carr : “I’m not coming here trying to be Drew Brees. That man is a Hall of Fame quarterback. I’m coming here to be Derek Carr.”
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) March 11, 2023
“I’m not coming here trying to be Drew Brees,” Carr said. “That man is a Hall of Fame quarterback. I’m coming here to be Derek Carr.”
Carr is wise to head off comparisons to Brees, who played 15 seasons with the Saints. Brees retired as the NFL’s all-time leading passer and all-time leader in completion percentage (on at least 2,000 attempts), 300-yard games and 5,000-yard seasons.
While Carr hasn’t put up those kind of numbers, he brings plenty of experience and production to the position. Carr started 142 games during his nine-year tenure with the Raiders. He earned four Pro Bowl berths and eclipsed 4,000 yards through the air four times.
Carr was released after being benched for the Raiders’ final two games in 2022. He logged his lowest completion percentage since his rookie season (60.8) and tied his career-high with 14 interceptions.
He, and Saints fans, will hope a change of scenery allows him to get back to his peak levels of production.
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Publish Date:2023-03-12 03:47:47