Antonio Brown, Derek Carr Projected to Have Big 2019 Season for Raiders

Antonio Brown was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth straight season in 2018. He once again was one of the best players in the NFL, and led the league in touchdown receptions (15) despite missing one game. 

But that was on the Steelers, who had one of the best offenses in football with star power outside of Brown. How will his numbers translate to the Raiders, whose offense that ranked 23rd in total yards and 18th in passing yards?

Surprise, surprise -- Brown is projected to be a star for the Silver and Black. According to ESPN's projections, the wide receiver will have 102 receptions on 161 targets for 1,333 yards and 10 touchdowns. That would be an increase in yards, but a slight decrease everywhere else for Brown, who turns 31 years old in July. 

Don't act like those are down numbers though. Especially if you're a Raiders fan. Jordy Nelson led all Oakland receivers in 2018 with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns. Brown immediately becomes WR1 on a team that badly needed an upgrade out wide. 

And then there's the quarterback. Fans might have missed it while the Raiders only won four games, but Carr improved across the board in multiple areas. He finished the season with 4,049 passing yards on a 68.9 completion percentage. The fifth-year pro also threw 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

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With the addition of Brown, Carr is projected to be even better in 2019. Here's how ESPN projects him to finish the year: 4,287 yards, 23 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 67 percent completion percentage. 

The AB effect is real. Immediately after the trade, the Raiders' Super Bowl odds improved, and their quarterback is expected to reap the benefits, too.

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