Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans are facing Derek Carr on Monday Night Football this week in Mexico City in a big game with playoff implications for both teams. But the history between the Raiders starting quarterback, Derek Carr, and the Houston Texans has been a focal point all week.
There has been a lot of hindsight to the 2014 draft when the Texans had a chance to draft Carr with the first pick in the second round but went with Xavier Su’a-Filo instead to sure up their offensive line. There is speculation that because the Texans drafted Derek’s older brother David, who did not perform up to expectations as the number one overall pick, that the younger Carr would not be a good fit for the city of Houston and the Texans organization. Head Coach Bill O’Brien told ESPN this week that there were no restrictions put on drafting Derek, but the team just went a different direction.
On Thursday, the Raiders QB and MVP candidate talked about how he would have loved to play for the franchise he grew up around, but the Texans didn’t show any interest, and he never met with the team prior to the 2014 draft.
Carr said he had a good idea he wasn’t coming to Houston, telling SportsRadio 610, “They didn’t even talk with me one time, I really didn’t think (they’d draft me)” Carr said. “I would have loved to play for Mr. McNair.”
The Texans, however, did meet with Carr at the NFL Combine in 2014. He told Texans Radio’s, Marc Vandermeer that in 2014.
“There has been conversations with Houston. It went great,” Carr said. “Everything has gone good. The good thing about this week so far for myself is that there’s a lot of, not attention, but a lot of good evaluations, good reports coming back. And people saying a lot of things that would probably shock some people.”
There were never any reports that the Texans brought Carr into any workouts with the team after the combine, despite bringing in Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel before that draft.