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Derek Carr could start Week 1 for Oakland Raiders

Such as these things go with all of the hype and buzz that surrounds the NFL draft, one cannot help but wonder if former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr would have been selected higher if not for his relation to notorious draft pick bust David Carr.

Instead he fell to the Oakland Raiders in the second round. It has been an eventful training camp and preseason so far for Carr, one that has included the uncertainty of a couple injury scares.

For most of the summer it would have seemed unlikely that Carr would have a chance to be the Raiders’ quarterback for Week 1 of the 2014 season, but that’s exactly what might happen thanks to an elbow injury for Matt Schaub.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes the following about the situation.

Derek Carr has one last chance, via the fourth game of the preseason, to make a case that he should get the chance to lead the Raiders into a minefield masquerading as a regular-season schedule…

…With starter Matt Schaub dealing with a bad elbow and still-bruised psyche, Carr could with a strong showing against Seattle swipe the starting job.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s more the elbow and less the psyche that might hold Schaub out, considering the extensive damage that might be done to Carr’s psyche as a second round pick thrust into regular season action right away.

Normally the fourth and final preseason game is meaningless, but in Carr’s case it still matters as he vies for a potential opportunity to start Week 1.

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