Big Blue View contributor Dan Pizzuta is now off the hook for taking to Twitter — jokingly — and suggesting the idea that Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders, who are being torn apart by Jon Gruden, could be the next quarterback of the New York Giants.
Pizzuta, he swears not seriously, tossed out these two tweets recently about Carr and the Giants:
The more I've thought about, the more petrified I've become of the non-zero chance of Derek Carr as the Giants' 2019 starting quarterback.— Dan Pizzuta (@DanPizzuta) October 15, 2018
Maybe even more than that, the Dave Gettleman press conference announcing Derek Carr as the Giants' 2019 starting quarterback— Dan Pizzuta (@DanPizzuta) October 15, 2018
Well, now Jason LaCanfora has gone and turned Pizzuta’s tongue-in-cheeck tweets into something that we really need to discuss by predicting that Carr is actually going to be the 2019 successor to Eli Manning for the Giants.
" ... The final one [move by the Raiders] will be Derek Carr and I don't think it will be close to the draft, I think it will be at the combine," La Canfora continued. "And ultimately what's the point of keeping Derek Carr? And if you have all this draft capital and you get a one plus something else for Derek Carr, which I think he can -- I'll call it right now, Derek Carr to the New York Giants. At the combine."
The logic here is the Raiders are trying to reboot everything and want a cheap, young quarterback. The Giants are trying NOT to reboot, but put themselves in a position where they only have an aging, washed-up Eli Manning under center. They need a veteran upgrade and Carr might be the answer to pair with Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham and a host of offensive weapons.
"That makes all the sense in the world to me. The Giants don't really want to rebuild. And they don't really want to admit they screwed up by not taking a quarterback, right?" La Canfora said. "So they trade what will be a fairly high [first-round pick] or maybe they do it for a future [first-round pick] if this one looks like it's going to be top two or three. I think that's what they do and they plug him right in there with Barkley, Odell and Shephard and [Evan Engram] and they try to keep that thing going."
It sounds pretty wild, but when you think about the motivations for both of the teams, it's not that out of control. The Giants wouldn't give up their 2019 first-round pick (it should be high) but might be willing to part with their 2020 first-round pick, believing they can win next year and not face a high pick if they land Carr.
Does it make sense? I’m not at all sure it does. To be honest, I’m not really sure how good Derek Carr is, whether he fits what Pat Shurmur wants, or whether it’s wise to surrender a first-round pick.
Since it’s out there, though, guess we have to talk about.
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