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.