May 16, Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass at rookie minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr will push Matt Schaub for Oakland Raiders’ starting job


The Oakland Raiders knew they needed to upgrade at quarterback during the 2013 offseason.

That’s why the Raiders struck a deal for former Houston Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub back in March. The Raiders traded a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft and restructured his deal, lowering his base salary and his salary cap number.

In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Raiders used the 36th-overall pick in the second round to select former Fresno State Bulldogs’ quarterback Derek Carr, who the team was supposedly high on throughout the draft process. Carr, who finalized and signed his deal just over two weeks ago, has obviously impressed the Raiders thus far. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network and NFL.com, there is “an internal belief” Carr can push Schaub for the starting job this season.

Of course, Raiders’ head coach Dennis Allen has said on several different occasions that Schaub was the starter and said it would take something ‘catastrophic’ for Schaub not to win the starting job.

Of course, no matter what the Raiders are saying now, if Carr is clearly the better option, they will go with him.

Schaub really struggled in 2013, completing 219 of 358 passes for 2,310 yards with 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In his career, which began when he was drafted with the 90th-overall pick in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft, Schaub has completed 2,035 of 3,181 passes for 24,254 yards with 130 touchdowns and 84 interceptions.

Carr completed 453 of 659 passes for 5,082 yards with 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season and completed 1,087 of 1,630 passes for 12,843 yards with 113 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in his college career.

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  • Bob

    Not this year.

    • KloverJane

      Ya let’s rally for Schaub.

  • Mark Shafer

    Carr needs time. Remember Schaub’s stat are pro stats so comparing his to Schaub’s is a waste of time.

    • KloverJane

      He does. But the analogy does show untapped potential with tremendous upside. Can’t wait.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Not to mention that although Derek Carr has the most upside of any choice of quarterback coming out of the draft. The reason why he wasn’t considered number one is because he was the most struggling when under pressure. He has a little ways to go with his foot work and mechanics before he is NFL ready. I think someday he will be a great quarterback who helps add stability to the Raiders, but for now the best possible thing for him is to sit behind a proven veteran in Matt Schaub and take as many notes as possible. He will get his shot when he is ready, but “barring a catastrophic event” it won’t be this year.

    • KloverJane

      Hmm I thought Bridgewater panicked more. Idk.

      • James Schroeder

        This is just something I cut-and-pasted from an article I just found confirming Carr under pressure in 2013. Not sure about Bridgewater.

        ESPN Stats & Information reports that Fresno State’s Derek Carr completed only 30.9 percent of his passes when under duress in 2013.

        This number is terrifying for a few reasons. First off, it’s the lowest duress rate of any top quarterback prospect. Second, NFL QBs completed 41.5 percent of passes when under duress last year. Only three NFL QBS had a duress percentage lower than Carr’s collegiate rate. We don’t need to explain the difference between NFL edge rushers and those found in the Mountain West Conference.

        • KloverJane

          Interesting. Well that…..sucks. Though that just proves we need an actual offensive line that’s not offensive. Lol
          Need time to throw, unlike last year. TP had a 3rd and 46 or something.

          In the limelight, Bridgewater was a bit jaded under pressure at his pro day. I dont dislike him,
          but he’s just the guy off the top of my head.

  • Jaime Olguin

    I agree as well Derek should sit behind Shaub and Mcgloin and learn the offense, but learn the different types of
    Schemes and tricks that they will throw at an offense. Plus Derek still has to learn how to be more patient when
    they are blitzing him and putting a lot of pressure on him.that will take time to develope and that don’t grow over
    Night. But in the end I’m sure that Carr will push Matt to compete harder and make him a better decisions maker
    late in the fourth quater. GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!

    • michael

      but what really matters most is when under duress does he throw interceptions? or just throw aways fall incomplete which is what hes supposed to do and not take lots of lot yardage sacks . numbers can improve with time n work n technique, has top best qualities arm strength n accuracy and mobility and height