Matt Schaub, QB, Raiders
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2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-11-2014 by Larry Gold
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.
The Raiders announced Monday that the future starts now.
As first reported by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer and later confirmed by the team, second-round rookie quarterback Derek Carr will start over veteran Matt Schaub on Sunday versus the Jets.
The plan since the draft, at least according to head coach Dennis Allen throughout the summer, was to have Schaub start right away while Carr sits and learns. But Schaub was awful in three preseason games, throwing no touchdowns, completing barely half of his passes and averaging just 4.6 yards per attempt. He didn't play in the fourth week of the preseason due to tendinitis in his right elbow.
That's when Carr took advantage. Carr started that preseason finale versus the Seahawks and completed 11 of 13 passes with three touchdowns. He even manufactured a 12-play, 68-yard touchdown drive against most of Seattle's first-team defense. Four days later, he got tabbed as the regular-season starter.
Perhaps Schaub's injury was a factor, but Carr really deserved to start after that game against Seattle. He was simply outstanding.
However, I have to imagine that this is a bittersweet decision for the Raiders. They have to like what they have seen out of Carr so early in his career. But the idea of having a backup QB with a fully guaranteed $8 million salary for this season can't feel good.
Despite Carr's preseason accomplishments, I would still recommend picking up the Jets' defense and starting it at home against the rookie in Week 1.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/2 - Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr will start Week 1
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8/18 - QB Matt Schaub is locked in as Raiders' Week 1 starter
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