As they’ve been all offseason, the Oakland Raiders are still adamant that veteran Matt Schaub will be the starting quarterback when the team visits the New York Jets in Week 1 of the regular season. However, there’s a good chance that, before long, rookie Derek Carr could supplant him.
First and foremost, Schaub hasn’t exactly been impressive during the preseason. Completing only 51.1 percent of his passes, the former Houston Texans starter has amassed 218 passing yards, one interception and a 55.1 passer rating, while failing to throw a single touchdown. More or less, he’s looked like the quarterback the Texans were happy to get rid of – minus the pick-sixes.
Meanwhile, Carr has played significantly better, albeit against lesser competition.
The rookie has completed 59.4 percent of his throws for 183 yards, one touchdown and one interception while compiling a 72.8 passer rating. It may have been against second- and third-team defenses, but Carr has still looked like the better quarterback.
We won’t go into detail about Matt McGloin’s preseason, which has been the best of all three Oakland quarterbacks. However, the Raiders don’t seem willing to bench an offseason acquisition and a second-round pick for a former undrafted free agent. Don’t be surprised to see him traded in the near future.
To make matters worse for Schaub, he’s currently battling an elbow injury that could cause lingering issues as the regular season gets under way. While it hasn’t been deemed a serious injury, it’s kept Schaub out of practice recently and could force him to miss the Raiders’ final preseason game.
The Raiders coaching staff has already made it clear that they feel comfortable with starting Carr if it came to it, and it very well may if Schaub’s elbow injury persists. At the same time, it might just be the excuse they need to bench the interception-happy veteran while giving their quarterback of the future a shot to get his feet wet this season.
We’ll see what happens when Week 1 rolls around, but odds are Carr will be starting sooner rather than later. You can count on it.