In Derek Carr's first four games as an NFL starter, it is clear that his biggest issues arise when he is pressured.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Oakland Raiders quarterback entered Sunday’s 38-14 loss to Miami completing 71 percent of his passes and a 70.8 Total QBR when facing a four-man rush. Both of those numbers are strong. However, his numbers dipped dramatically when blitzed. His completion percentage was 48.7 and his Total QBR was a dreadful 9.7.
According to Pro Football Focus, those numbers didn’t improve against the Dolphins, a game in which Carr departed with a high-ankle sprain and a sprained MCL in his knee. Carr completed 2 of 5 passes for 14 yards with an interception and a sack.
I don’t find these numbers overly shocking. He’s a rookie. Facing NFL pressure is a lot different than what the second-round pick faced at Fresno State. His struggles are to be expected.
The focus here needs to be on how quickly Carr can improve. If it continues to be a problem all year, it will certainly have to be a coaching focal point in the offseason.