When Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles all lost their starting battles, many thought this would be the first time in seven years that there was no rookie quarterbacks starting in Week 1. Not so fast.
The Oakland Raiders announced today that Derek Carr will be starting for them over Matt Schaub Week 1.
The two players could not have had different preseasons. After trading a sixth-round pick for Schaub in the offseason, he has been nothing short of awful since the first game. Now that he is nursing a sore elbow, the Raiders decided to go with the rookie over the veteran.
Carr has been amazing this preseason. On his 45 throws, he has a 105.2 passer rating. He was given a chance to start in the final game (albeit against backups) and he beat up on the Seattle Seahawks. He ended up throwing for three touchdowns and left early in the second quarter with a 28-7 lead.
With the New York Jets slated to start the year against the Raiders, it is the perfect opportunity to ease Carr into the league. The Jets may have the worst secondary in the league, which gives him a chance to build some chemistry with the starting wide receivers, and also build some confidence in his game.
This may be a “risky” move by the Raiders, but Schaub was coming into the year as one of the worst starters in the league. They are in the brutal AFC West, and have a regime that really needs to make progress after a disappointing offseason. They still have a ton of cap room, but at least they now know who they are going with at QB.
It will be interesting how long they even keep Schaub on the roster.