Derek Carr is headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl as a replacement for Tom Brady, the Raiders announced Monday.
Carr put out a statement of his own on Twitter in response to his selection as an alternate for next Sunday’s game in Orlando.
Carr’s promotion comes after Brady’s Patriots defeated the Jaguars in Sunday’s AFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl in two weeks. Carr becomes the Raiders’ fifth Pro Bowler this year, joining offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson and Donald Penn and defensive end Khalil Mack.
Carr is now the third quarterback in franchise history to make three Pro Bowls, matching Ken Stabler and Rich Gannon.
No. 4 had quite the underwhelming year after a breakout 2016 as the Raiders finished 6-10. Carr threw less than twice as many touchdowns (22) as interceptions (13). He looked hesitant to throw downfield at times and hardly posed a threat on the ground. He finished with 3,496 yards, a 62.7 completion percentage and a passer rating of 86.4.
Carr suffered three transverse process fractures in his back during a Week 4 loss to the Broncos and returned after only one week out. He was adamant that his quick return didn’t contribute to struggles later in the season, though head coach Jon Gruden conceded the injury would be a reasonable justification for those struggles.
Carr will be playing for his fourth head coach in 2018, his fifth season in the league.