Saints veteran quarterback Derek Carr praised Spencer Rattler for his determination and character

It’s only been a little over a month since the New Orleans Saints drafted former South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler with their fifth-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. And the former Gamecock is already getting noticed by one of his latest teammates.

In an episode of the “Green Light Podcast” posted on May 31, Saints starting quarterback Derek Carr joined Chris Long to discuss the prospects of the Saints’ upcoming season.

One of the topics Carr discussed was Rattler. In the episode, Carr spoke highly of Rattler’s character in the offseason so far.

“Oh yeah, him and Jake (Haener) are good kids,” Carr said.

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In practice, Rattler is also constantly looking for new knowledge from the experienced quarterback. And it would make sense considering Carr has been in the league since 2014 and has seen a lot of football.

“He asks a lot of questions,” Carr said. “As a veteran, that’s all you want. He has so much respect for what I’ve done and the things I’ve been able to do.”

Carr believes Rattler’s search for knowledge will help the team prepare for the season.

“To see him so hungry and to see Jake so hungry, as a veteran it just helps our team,” Carr said. “I’m like, ‘Dude, this is awesome.'”

Not only does Carr think the hard work of Rattler and backup quarterback Jake Haener will help the team for the upcoming season, he also believes the work and character of both quarterbacks will serve them down the road.

“They are great people, great teammates and great leaders, so I’m excited about their future. They are going to be good players,” Carr said.

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After a record six quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the draft in April, Rattler was the next quarterback drafted at pick 150.

Although Rattler currently sits third on the Saints quarterback depth chart, he will almost certainly get a chance to prove himself in practices throughout the summer, as well as when the team begins their preseason schedule in August.

In his final season at South Carolina, Rattler threw for 3,186 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

At the NFL combine, Rattler posted a 4.95-second 40-yard dash time, along with a 32-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump.

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