The 2023 NFL offseason is in full swing, and with that, training camps edge ever closer to starting. We have seen a new wave of players enter the team both via the draft and free agency, but there is also a large group of returning players from last season as well. This has led to some debates to be had regarding which players will have the largest impact on the roster for the 2023 season.
Each day we will be counting down the 25 most important Saints for the 2023 season. This will be split up into the following categories:
Recap of their 2022 season
Projecting their 2023 success
What is the biggest question mark for them in 2023?
The seventh-ranked player by the Saints Wire staff is quarterback Derek Carr:
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Carr, who split time between California and Texas while growing up, played his college football at Fresno State. He had a legendary college career, dominating the school record books before his new teammate Jake Haener came in and topped most of his numbers.
He had 12,842 passing yards, 113 touchdowns and just 24 interceptions during his time. This helped him get drafted by the then Oakland Raiders in the second round of he 2014 NFL draft. He’s been with the Raiders since this past offseason when the Saints signed him.
Carr currently stands at No. 32 on the NFL’s all-time passing leaders list with 35,222 yards. He’ll likely be somewhere in the mid-20s after this season.
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Carr is coming off of a career low-point in 2022, which is a big reason why he wanted a change of scenery from Las Vegas this offseason. It felt like his time there had peaked and everyone needed something new.
It was a career high in interception percentage, with a 24 to 14 touchdown to interception ratio. Carr didn’t have much to work with but it seemed like he was checked out a bit for stretches in 2022 more than it was than his ability was much lower than the rest of his career. It was clear something needed to…