Round 1 goes to Derek Carr.
The Raiders quarterback wasn’t flashy Sunday, but neither was his counterpart in Oakland’s 33-16 victory over the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla.
Blake Bortles was the first quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL draft, going No. 3 overall. Carr was fourth among QBs, chosen with the 36th pick.
In the first meeting between the friends, Carr had fewer yards but was more effective in securing the victory.
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Carr completed 23 of 37 passes for 200 yards, with a touchdown, no sacks and no turnovers. His best throw was a roll-out TD toss to Michael Crabtree late in the second quarter that put Oakland up 20-6.
“Derek has done a tremendous job this year of going to another level as a player,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was an example of a young man really growing in terms of his mastery of situational football, which you need to be good at. It was a great indication of him executing at the highest level.”
Blake Bortles was off again Sunday, throwing for 246 yards and two interceptions. He ran for 33 yards on five carries. Bortles had a garbage-time touchdown to Julius Thomas in which the veteran tight end made an impressive catch over Malcolm Smith’s back on a ball that easily could have been intercepted.
Bortles has been mostly ineffective all season. He has nine TD passes and 11 turnovers. His inaccuracy, mechanics and decisions have become issues in his third season.
“I’m obviously not playing good,” Bortles said. “I couldn’t tell you. I wish I knew; I would fix it. It’s just a continual thing and we will hopefully find a way to turn it around and solve some problems.”
For their careers, Carr wins the tale of the tape just about across the board when compared to Bortles.
Neither has a great record, but Carr is trending in the right direction with a 15-14 record over his past 29 games. He’s also 8-4 on the road the past two years, while Bortles has just two career road wins among his 10 victories.
Compiled by Noel Harris with information from The Associated Press and the East Bay Times