Derek Carr Needs to Start at QB for the Oakland Raiders

By Ryan Ratty
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Let’s be honest, the Oakland Raiders are a young football team that will not be competing for the AFC West for a number of years. Given the age and the overall talent on their roster, the Raiders have the look of 4-12 to a 5-11 team. Despite being one of the best quarterbacks from the 2014 NFL Draft, the Raiders do not want Derek Carr to start at the beginning of the 2014 season. Instead, the Raiders want Carr to hold the clipboard and learn behind Matt Schaub.

An argument could be made that Carr is already better than Schaub. Sure he’s not a veteran and he will not read defenses as well as Schaub, but the best way to gain experience in the NFL is to play right away. The NFL is a league where players have to learn on the fly. By starting Carr right away, the Raiders will have their franchise quarterback starting at a young age. Something I’m against is having quarterbacks sit on the bench and learn; they just get older and that hurts their chances of solidifying themselves as starters.

The problem with Oakland’s offense in 2014 is that it lacks talent. The Raiders’ receiving group will consist of James Jones, Andre Holmes, Denarius Moore and Rod Streater. With that being said, it makes no sense at all to have the Raiders start Schaub over Carr. This team won’t be a good one in 2014 and Carr needs NFL experience to take the next step. Carr has a ton of potential and the Raiders need to see what they have in the Fresno State product before it’s too late.

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