Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr became the NFL’s highest-paid player this summer and is one of the inextricable faces of the franchise’s resurgence.

Despite his team being projected to make a deep postseason run, the two-time Pro Bowler is befuddled by the lofty expectations projected upon himself and the Raiders ahead of the upcoming season, however.

“We didn’t even beat Kansas City twice last year, so I don’t know why everyone’s so excited,” Carr said to Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group.

“I understand the excitement of the people we have, but I don’t understand the excitement of how we finished,” Carr added.

Carr was in the thick of the MVP race before his season ended in disaster, suffering a broken fibula in Week 16. The Raiders were eliminated by the Houston Texans in the wild-card round of the playoffs, as Carr watched helplessly.

After adding Marshawn Lynch in the offseason to a young core of players entering their primes, the Raiders may be the biggest threat to unseat the defending champion New England Patriots. Although Carr wants to temper expectations, there’s good reason why the Raiders are drawing national attention.

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