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Derek Carr Has 1-Word Description Of AFC West Quarterbacks

A closeup of Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr pointing with one finger during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 02: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 2, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Despite the lucrative contract Derek Carr just received with the Las Vegas Raiders this week, there's a strong case to be made that Carr is the fourth-best quarterback in the AFC West. And Carr seems more than fine with that.

During a Thursday press conference, Carr had just one word to describe the quarterbacks in his division. "Unbelievable," he said before complimenting Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson.

Carr said that he's excited to compete against the other AFC West quarterbacks. He expects the wins will come down to "who does all the little things right" among other things.

“Yeah, it’s unbelievable,” Carr said, via ProFootballTalk. “Pat is great. Justin, he’s just starting and he’s going to be a great player for a long time. Russell has been great. It’s exciting to go and compete against these guys. We’ve all had battles, we’ve all kind of had shootouts, so to speak, against each other. They’ve won some and we’ve won some. So, it’s going to be tight. It’s going to be hard. And it’s going to come down to who does everything right, who does all the little things right, who’s closer together, who’s tighter of a unit, and things like that."

Derek Carr said he's looking forward to the competition. To him, having to prepare without breaks is "how it should be" in the NFL.

“But I think for me, the exciting part for me is that you get to compete. Growing up, like I watch these guys [his sons] compete against each other in our house every day, and they’re going at it. And you want to compete against guys that are at the top of their game, so for me, it’s exciting. For the defensive coordinators, they’re probably like, ‘Oh my gosh. Every week there’s no breaks.’ But I think that that’s how it should be.”

Carr is coming off one of his best seasons and got to play in a playoff game for the first time in his career. But he has a new head coach in 2022 as well as a new offense to go with it.

It's going to take every ounce of talent he can muster to go toe-to-toe with the rest of the AFC West.

Will Derek Carr regret feeling so excited to compete against the other AFC West quarterbacks?