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AFC West Q&A: Is Derek Carr the most exciting quarterback in the division?

Today's question: Derek Carr has more than a little gunslinger in him. Some might say he’s more Brett Favre than his own brother, former NFL quarterback David Carr. So with Peyton Manning retired, Philip Rivers on the tail end of his career and Alex Smith, well, Alex Smith, is Carr the most exciting quarterback in the AFC West?

Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos reporter: Carr is certainly trending the right way, having gone from a sometimes choppy, glimmer-of-hope type of rookie season in 2014 to a 32-touchdown season in 2015. His 7.1 yards per attempt in 2015 showed he still needs help at receiver. But the division could have a different look given Manning’s retirement and the Broncos trying to decide between Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian to open the season, with first-round pick Paxton Lynch in development. Rivers is at the front of the line in the division in terms of experience and production. He is coming off a 4,792-yard season and led the league with 661 attempts. However, with San Diego’s questions on the offensive line -- Rivers was battered with 40 sacks last season, one of eight quarterbacks leaguewide sacked at least 40 times -- the ability to keep Rivers in position to consistently make those kinds of plays is a question mark. The Chiefs have largely kept Smith in a low-risk cocoon. Put it all together and if the Raiders are ready to make the jump, then Carr is poised for even bigger things. But "most exciting" comes with wins, division titles and playoff appearances. Denver should still have the best defense in the division, so if Carr gets the Raiders past the Broncos in the division race, he will have earned the excitement.

Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs reporter: I’ll stick with Rivers. He led the league last season in pass attempts and pass completions and was second in yards. He's aging, but he still has it. Carr’s time is coming, though. When Rivers retires or loses it, Carr will assume the title. Carr has plenty of offensive talent around him, with running back Latavius Murray and receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, so there's no reason he shouldn’t take over as the AFC West quarterback whom division rivals most don’t want to face. In the meantime, there are a couple of things Carr needs to do. The first is to cut down his number of interceptions; the other is to complete a higher percentage of his passes.

Eric D. Williams, San Diego Chargers reporter: I will take the trash-talking Rivers over Carr in terms of excitement. Even though he’s getting long in the tooth, Rivers has a chance to throw for 500 yards in any game because of his ability to manipulate the defense at the line of scrimmage. Rivers is never one to back down from a challenge, still believes he can make every throw and is not afraid to go at the best defender on the field if the matchup is there. He turns 35 in December, but Rivers still is fun to watch. Inconsistent might be a more appropriate word to describe Carr’s play. Obviously the talent is there, but he needs to improve on a 10-22 record as a starter and a Total QBR of 29.4 for his career in the fourth quarter.