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Derek Carr joins Ken Stabler, Rich Gannon as 3-time Raiders Pro Bowl QBs

ALAMEDA, Calif -- Derek Carr is going to the Pro Bowl for the third straight year, this time as a replacement for Super Bowl-bound Tom Brady.

Carr becomes the third quarterback in Oakland Raiders franchise history to be named to at least three of the NFL's all-star games, along with Hall of Famer Ken Stabler and one-time league MVP Rich Gannon. Carr is also the fifth member of a six-win Raiders team named to the Pro Bowl, joining defensive end Khalil Mack, left tackle Donald Penn, left guard Kelechi Osemele and center Rodney Hudson.

Carr took to social media to give his thoughts on his selection, saying he was "excited" for the opportunity while adding, "It was not the year we wanted, but to still be recognized by you, #RaiderNation, fans everywhere, and the players and coaches you go against as one of these players is an extremely high honor..."

Carr threw for 3,496 yards while completing 62.7 percent of his passes (323-of-515) and throwing 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games for a passer rating of 86.4, a total QBR of 54.6.

It was a regression, though, from the previous season, in which he finished tied for third in NFL MVP voting and had a passer rating of 96.7 (3,937 passing yards, 63.8 completion percentage, 28 TDs, 6 INTs, 15 games) and a total QBR of 47.2.

"Obviously, Derek got hurt earlier in the season against the Denver Broncos," incoming Raiders coach Jon Gruden said in his introductory media conference two weeks ago. "Three broken bones in your back, I think that is a reasonable reason why you might not have the same season you had a year ago."

Added offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who was Carr's O-coordinator in 2014: "(Carr) took a little, obviously, step backwards, but I just think there's such a big jump from that Year 1 to Year 2 and he demonstrated that. He's demonstrated growth throughout his career up until this past season. I just think you can see a more mature player... again, I think there's been tremendous growth since I left him."