Chris Palmer, the Giants quarterbacks coach, said today that he’s “not pleased” with Carr this summer. He’s been inconsistent this summer and has gotten back into some of the bad habits that ruined the start of his NFL career when he was with the Texans.
“I’m not pleased with David right now,” Palmer said. “I think he’s got to be more consistent. He’s a quarterback. He’s got to prove that he’s a winning quarterback. I think there are certain things he has to improve upon, and I’ve told him that. He has the ability to play in this league. He’s a very, very talented player, but he’s got to do things the way we want them done.”
Some of that has to do with Carr’s seeming inability to stay in the pocket when the pass rush gets through. Behind what has been a porous offensive line all summer long, Carr has seemed to scramble too often and sometimes too quickly. Palmer said “he’s a little anxious in the pocket,” which is the reputation he carried with him from his five tumultuous years in Texas when he was sacked a ridiculous 249 times.
So far Carr is 8 for 16 for 82 yards and a touchdown in two preseason games, including an awful 2-for-6, 8-yard outing on Saturday night against the Bears. His regression has been surprising, since the Giants were pleased with his performance last season. And they were very encouraged after he went 8 for 11 for 110 yards and a touchdown playing the second half of the season finale in Minnesota.