Everyone knows that the Raiders' initial plan for this season was to have veteran Matt Schaub keep the team above water while keeping the starting QB seat warm for second-round rookie Derek Carr. But according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson, Carr has been so good during OTAs, he may not need to wait.
"I really, really like him," Olson said of Carr via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Everybody knew he was accurate, but he is more accurate than we thought. … We'll have to wait and see how he does against a live rush, but so far his intelligence, accuracy and quickness in getting the ball out has been excellent.
"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."
There might also be a shakeup coming to the band of receivers that Carr and/or Schaub will be throwing to this season. Tafur was asked during a Twitter chat on Wednesday for his thoughts about Andre Holmes possibly passing Denarius Moore on the depth chart for the No. 3 WR gig. Tafur responded, "Seems to be happening as we tweet."
I'm a fan of Moore. I'm enamored with his speed, and there was a six-week stretch early last season in which he was looking like a rock-solid WR2 in fantasy. Then his numbers took a dive, and he got hurt. Certainly, the Raiders' QB situation in recent years has led to many receivers putting up inconsistent totals, but Moore seems to be taking that inconsistency to a maddening level for Oakland's coaches. Holmes is an athlete in a prototypical No. 1 WR body. He flashed some greatness down the stretch last season, but what's to say he won't also be terribly inconsistent? I think my overall point is no matter who starts at quarterback for the Raiders, Carr or Schaub, they won't be worth your time in one-QB leagues. And you can't expect that one of their receivers, James Jones and Rod Streater included, will be a reliable fantasy producer.
Oakland hasn't been home for a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005 when Randy Moss gained 1,005 yards. In that time, the franchise has boasted only one 900-yard receiver, and that was Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2011.