All preseason long, the Oakland Raiders have been sticking to their story that Matt Schaub will be the starter when Week 1 rolls around. However, based on the veteran’s poor preseason showing and Thursday’s lights-out performance from rookie Derek Carr, the team might change its tune.
Following a monstrous preseason finale that included 143 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air, Carr has put enormous pressure on the Raiders to give him a shot at starting. So much that, according to ESPN’s Bill Williamson, the rookie might get the final nod.
If that’s the case, the Raiders would be in a much better situation than they were with Schaub at the helm. While he certainly has more experience as an NFL quarterback, his days of being an effective starter are well behind him. Schaub couldn’t even hold the starting job with the Houston Texans last year, eventually losing the job to a former undrafted free agent.
Carr, meanwhile, has all the makings of a franchise quarterback. With a big arm, impressive accuracy and improved pocket awareness, the 2014 second-round pick has quickly turned heads in Oakland. It was already assumed that he would be the quarterback of the future for the Raiders, but they weren’t expecting him to blossom this early in his NFL career.
After last’s night showing against the Seattle Seahawks, though, Carr has all but proven that he’s ready to take the reins. It’s true that head coach Dennis Allen has been adamant about starting Schaub, but there’s no way GM Reggie McKenzie lets that happen after fans got a taste of what Carr brings to the table.
Unless the Raiders want to shoot themselves in the foot, Carr will be starting in Week 1 against the New York Jets.