Just last season, the ex-Fresno State star debuted at No. 100.
Even better. Carr checks in at No. 11 and is the third player from the Raiders to make the list, joining wide receiver Amari Cooper (No. 53) and guard Kelechi Osemele (No. 95) as voted on by the players.
“He’s a guy that really gets it,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. “He respects the game and the history of it. When you watch him, man he’s dang good.”
Why the big jump for Carr? He helped guide the Raiders to a 12-3 record and their first playoff berth since 2002 before his season was ended prematurely by injury. He also had seven game-winning drives (12 overall since 2014) in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2016 as the Raiders ended their regular season at 12-4.
Carr started 15 games and earned his second Pro Bowl selection. He completed 357 of 560 passes (63.8 percent) for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer rating of 96.7.
The NFL Network is counting down the Top 100 players in the NFL of 2017.