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 SFGate.com, 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.