The Oakland Raiders are hoping that veteran quarterback Matt Schaub can bring some stability to the position as they try to approach some level of respectability as a football teams.
As for Schaub, he is just hoping for a fresh start to the latter half of his career after an abysmal and depressing 2013 season while playing for the Houston Texans. If the two sides can turn this into a mutually beneficial relationship, it will bring decent quarterback play to the Raiders for the first time in quite a while.
In order for that to happen, however, it sounds like Schaub is going to have to play throw a sore throwing elbow as the season gets under way. According to Jerry McDonald:
Matt Schaub has elbow soreness, Dennis Allen says. He’ll be evaluated daily. Allen says he’s not concerned that it’s a serious issue.
It has not exactly been a pretty picture for Schaub this off-season, as he has no touchdowns, two turnovers, and has posted a completion percentage south of 50 percent in two of those contests. As far as fresh starts go, this hasn’t really looked like one yet as Schaub has struggled his way through in a fashion similar to last season thus far.
The plan in Oakland appears to be a hope that veteran arrivals like Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Justin Tuck can mask the lack of depth or talent on the roster. That is probably not a great plan to begin with, and certainly not if Schaub does not get things on track soon.