By John DeShazier
New Orleans Saints
NEW ORLEANS — Obviously, Derek Carr wants to be successful for himself.
The Las Vegas Raiders essentially gave up on the quarterback and the organization pivoted in a direction that pointed away from the franchise’s all-time leader in games (142), passing yards (35,222), passing touchdowns (217), completions (3,201) and completion percentage (64.6), among a bucketful of team records Carr set in the nine seasons since being drafted in second round (No. 36 overall) in 2014.
But the refresh button in New Orleans includes wanting to be successful in part because Carr wants now to be what he wasn’t as a rookie for the coach who drafted him: New Orleans’ Dennis Allen, who was the Raiders coach at the beginning of 2014.
Carr and the Saints will open the regular-season Sunday against Tennessee in the Caesars Superdome.
“I’m not a rookie,” Carr said, referring to the difference between the 23-year-old who was handed the reigns to the Raiders, and the 32-year-old who handles the controls of the Saints offense.
“We’re always learning, but I was learning a whole lot then. Had no idea what I was getting myself into, all those kinds of things that all rookies deal with. But I just feel like I’m more now the quarterback I wanted to be for (Allen) then.
“Hopefully, I can be successful and help him have more success. That’s ultimately what I want to do, is just seem him succeed. I believe in him so much. It’s a big reason why I came.”