Derek Carr Named Raiders’ Starting QB over Matt Schaub

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

A day after the announcement that Derek Carr will start the season over Matt Schaub, both QB's talked about the move via Scott Bair of and Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle:


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Following four preseason games that saw veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and rookie gunslinger Derek Carr get virtually the same number of snaps to showcase their ability, head coach Dennis Allen has named Carr as his Week 1 starter, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:  

Raiders coach Dennis Allen commented on his decision via USA Today's Lindsay Jones:

Vic Tafur of the The San Francisco Chronicle confirms Carr is getting the first-team reps in practice: 

There are two huge factors that worked in Carr's favor. First, he was fantastic this preseason, with a completion percentage of 66.7, four touchdowns, one interception, 108.7 quarterback rating and a strong 7.2 yards per attempt. 

Second, and more important, Schaub doesn't appear to be fully healthy right now. The veteran quarterback was held out of practice all week prior to the final preseason game against Seattle with elbow soreness, per Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune:

We can talk all we want about preseason numbers, but usually when a rookie takes over at the start of the season, it's because things have not gone according to plan with the veteran. 

However, Carr's performance against the Seattle Seahawks signaled a huge shift in the quarterback dynamic. He had 143 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-13 passing, prompting Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News to make this statement:

Allen didn't necessarily disagree with any sentiment that Carr should be ...

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