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

NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders getting closer to starting Derek Carr?

The Oakland Raiders are entering a season in which they’d rather not have another top draft pick next offseason and would prefer to return to the playoffs for the first time in what seems like forever. They didn’t take a quarterback in the first round like we all expected them to do, but they landed a potential first-round talent with their second pick of the weekend.

Derek Carr is living in the limp shadow of his older brother David Carr but he’s already outshining him in ways we hoped might happen. While his bloodline suggests he may struggle in the NFL, the Raiders coaches watching him learn the ropes in the system are far more impressed than even they were expecting and Carr’s climb up the depth chart has begun.

According to Vic Tafur from, the Raiders are inching closer to starting Carr if not the first week of the season then at some point in the 2014 campaign.

Carr, who played in a spread offense the last two years at Fresno State, was supposed to sit and learn behind Schaub and maybe even McGloin, who started six games last season.

The plan has been accelerating the past three weeks.

“We drafted a pretty good player,” Olson said. “He is very intelligent, and he may not need to redshirt. We like his comfort level. Right away, you can see that this is not too big for him.”

This is excellent news for Raiders fans who are sick and tired of having to suffer through seasons in which their quarterback situation is as unstable as Taylor Swift’s dating life. The Raiders took Carr to make him the eventual starter and that just may end up happening a lot sooner than we all thought it would.


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  • B Christopher

    I don’t know if this is the best thing for us. Sure, it’s great that he is picking everything up, and I hope that he does, but, another way to
    Look at it is that Shaub is not doing as well as expected. Could be good, or could be spin on a less than good scenario. Well, in a couple months we’ll know for sure!

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    LOL, NS IS THE STARTER, regardless of how AWFUL HE IS.

  • Brutus

    DA and RM are loving this media to push both QBs, but Schaub will be the starter this year and his leash won’t be that short. If he picks up where he left off last season, he will lose the starting job- but he won’t need to be at a 90% rating to keep it. I know I’m in the minority, but I believe Carr will be #3 behind McGloin. Carr only enters the picture if Schaub has a season ending injury or totally flops, and even then McGloin gets first shot. RM wants Carr to ride the pine for two seasons, but will give him a legitimate shot at starter next offseason. No need to rush Carr if we feel he is our QB for the next 10+ years…………as I do.

  • Kenny Oliver

    Doesn’t seem like the media will ever just sit back and allow a team to redshirt one of their early draft picks . Even if Carr is playing well he would benefit a lot by holding the clipboard for at least one season. His brother is a good example of rushing a player on to the field to soon. David Carr had tons of talent when he was drafted but he was pushed to start as soon as he was drafted and took the snap behind one of the worst offensive lines ever assembled by a NFL team. Look at the result, he became a bust. Oakland needs to disregard all the media garbage saying Carr should start this season. They need to go with Schaub and let the young guy learn for a season. He will be a much better player if they are able to stick to the original plan. I have been a big D.Carr fan since he first walked on to the field for the Bulldogs and I am really excited for him to be the Raiders QB but I can wait a season or two before he is given the keys to the offense.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    That Taylor Swift comment was lame lol but time will tell. If Schaub really fails i say give him a chance