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Derek Carr added to the Pro Bowl roster

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is headed to Hawaii.

The second-year quarterback was named Wednesday as the injury replacement for the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and will participate in his first Pro Bowl on Jan. 31 in Honolulu.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” Carr said in a statement released by the team. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know.”

Carr is the first Raiders quarterback to make the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon made four straight appearances from 1999-2002. Gannon was the MVP for the last of those two appearances.

A Pro Bowl alternate when the teams were first selected, Carr now joins defensive end Khalil Mack and safety Charles Woodson in Hawaii. Fullback Marcel Reece was also initially selected but ruled ineligible following his suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Latavius Murray are also alternates who still could be added to the team.

There were no specifics announced regarding Rodgers’ injury although it’s not surprising to the see the five-time Pro Bowler and former Cal star bow out of the game following a season in which a Packers team riddled with injuries still fought to reach overtime of last week’s NFC Divisional playoff game with the Arizona Cardinals.

That opens the door for the first career appearance for Carr, who threw for 3,987 yards this season, the third-highest single-season total in franchise history. He was tied for seventh in the league with 32 touchdown passes and posted a passer rating of 91.1.

Carr made impressive strides following his promising rookie season. He started all 16 games again in 2015 and is now the first Raiders offensive player to start all 32 over his first two NFL seasons.

Carr averaged a solid 7.0 yards per attempt, a major upgrade after he was last in the league as a rookie at 5.5 per pass. His passer rating jumped nearly 15 points from last season’s 76.6 and he was a far more effective downfield passer, leading the NFL with 13 touchdown passes of 25 or more yards.

Through two seasons, Carr’s 53 touchdown passes are the second-most in NFL history behind only Miami Dolphins’ Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino (68). His 698 completions in two seasons moved him ahead of the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck for the most all-time.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • DutchRaid

    I am not saying he is lying…just never heard anyone complain?

    Funny, one year I brought a large group of family to a couple games, they had some badass nachos, everyone loved them and then the Raiders got rid of them. Stuff like that…

  • SilverandBlack666

    Thanks for the warning

  • nolarick

    Equipment manager can’t get the ball pressure right at altitude.

  • inonewordraider
  • SlvrnBlck478

    Exactly. Wherever the move, I hope the stadium is built more like Seattle’s then the death star in Dallas. The engineer who built Jerry’s stadium admitted that football practicality was down on the list.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I never underestimate the laziness of much of humanity. No incentive to produce for most>>>>>>>>no production from most.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Nope. Exact opposite happens. They attend a couple of games and then sell their seats to opposing fans to get some of the money back. Dallas rarely has a home field advantage.

  • DutchRaid

    Again, you cite to the A’s, not the Raiders…the sewage backup was in the PLAYERS lockeroom/bathroom…why, because someone flushed a jacket..

  • SilverandBlack666

    I have never had any complaints about sewage or leaks during my visits there

  • EDWARD TEACH

    The problem for him is that, shortly after getting the job, he announced that he had over 140 texts from assistants wanting to work for him.

    Won’t be able to blame the staff when you had the pick of the litter.

  • I am pretty sure had 14 texts and just added the zero to stick his chest out.

  • EDWARD TEACH

    The person that wrote the article thought it was funny too. “Was that 70 texts from two guys? 140 texts from 140 different guys?”

    Lol. He’s been given the rope. Let’s see what he does with it.

  • Raider D
  • Duct tape

    You’re right. My memory is fading I guess. I never remembered him breaking 87.

  • Rik-The New Centurion..

    Cool