It took him a few tries, but Derek Carr finally scored his first touchdown pass as the New Orleans Saints’ starting quarterback. Carr connected with second-year wide receiver Rashid Shaheed on a beautiful 19-yard lob to his right, giving the Saints a much-needed lead over the Tennessee Titans.
The Saints tried the same passing concept on the previous play, which was an incomplete pass to Keith Kirkwood. But Carr’s placement was more on-target for Shaheed and he was able to hit the speedster in stride for six points.
It was a tough road to get there. Carr saw all five of his previous pass attempts inside Tennessee’s 20-yard fall incomplete. Red zone efficiency was a major criticism for him with the Las Vegas Raiders and this performance didn’t exactly dissuade that notion, but it had to feel cathartic to punch that touchdown in after some early frustrations. Here’s to many more.