Brett Favre: Derek Carr 'a little more polished' than me

The hype surrounding Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is palpable and warranted heading into his third NFL campaign.

Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree called Carr a "gunslinger" in the mold of Hall of Famer Brett Favre last month.

"I don't know if I consider him a gunslinger," Favre said. "I think he's a little more polished. And I mean that with all due respect. I think he's done a tremendous job in Oakland. I like the way he plays. I think he's a little more polished. I like to watch him. A good player."

Carr is a microcosm of the optimism swelling in Oakland. The 25-year-old quarterback flashed brilliance at times last season, but also stumbled a bit down the stretch. With a beefed up offensive line and reliable receiver targets, he's a prime candidate to make big strides in Year 3.

Oakland has a tremendous chance to leap into the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. For that to happen, Carr will need to prove he can be a consistent difference maker for 16 games.

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