Oakland Raiders: 2015 Outlook
 
 
 
 
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Oakland Raiders

By Larry Gold, Friday, September 12, 2014

The Raiders can only hope they have found a savior to their organization. Carson Palmer wasn't it; Terrelle Pryor wasn't it and Matt Schaub is likely a short-term band-aid at best. Derek Carr was drafted in the second round and reports indicate that the Raiders are pleased with their choice. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson has raved about Carr's accuracy in OTAs and while it's not live game action, Oakland likes what they've seen. The Fresno State alum brings a strong arm, good size, precise passing and a hard-working mentality to the team. It helps that he learned from his older brother [David Carr] who spent nine years as a quarterback in the NFL. Carr will likely also benefit from Matt Schaub taking him under his wing as he goes through the normal growing pains as a rookie, but the belief is that Carr will be under center to start at some point this year. Even if he starts, Carr shouldn't be considered for fantasy purposes just yet (unless you are talking dynasty leagues).

Update: An extraordinary performance in the closing week of preseason has the league buzzing about Derek Carr. 11 completions on 13 attempts and 3TDs are talking numbers. With Matt Schuab proving to be unimpressive, Carr is in the conversation to be starting QB for the Raiders sooner than later.

Matt Schaub joins Raider nation after a nightmarish year that was painful to watch. The former Houston Texans QB posted a career-low quarterback rating (73.0), as well as ranking near the bottom of many other QB categories. Schaub struggled mightily with his confidence as evidenced by a NFL record four-game streak of giving up a pick-six. It was so bad that Schaub was benched in favor of Case Keenum at midseason when it became apparent that a season previously filled with Super Bowl aspirations was a lost cause. As the last man standing, the veteran QB started Week 17 and finished the season with a paltry 10 TDs and 14 INTs. Now sporting the silver and black, Schaub is looking to put 2013 well behind him and regain the form that placed him in the Pro Bowl twice and led the league in passing once (2009). While it's likely the Raiders will benefit from the quarterback's experience, the drafting of Derek Carr (the presumed quarterback of the Raiders' future) signifies that Schaub will need to regain his confidence to hold the starter's role for any great length of time. Also working against him is the fact that he is surrounded by a weaker supporting cast than those on the Texans. There is no Andre Johnson or Owen Daniels around to make tough catches. He will need to rely on an aging Maurice Jones-Drew and the perpetually injured Darren McFadden is a run-down version of Arian Foster in his prime. Schaub comes to camp as the starter, but watch closely to see if Carr make a push for competition. Whether it's Schaub or Carr under center, the Oakland QB position is a fantasy bye-week fill in at best and that's assuming the matchup is in their favor.