Derek Carr Named Oakland Raiders’ Starting QB; But Why?

Fox Sports’ NFL Insider Jay Glazer has reported that Oakland Raiders’ head coach Dennis Allen has informed his players that Rookie Derek Carr will start at quarterback instead of Matt Schaub in week-one against the New York Jets.

 

Glazer reported the information via Twitter:

Breaking: Raiders players have been informed that the team is making the switch at QB and starting Derek Carr over Matt Schaub.

Glazer then added the following tweet.  Carr has had a terrific preseason. Players were informed earlier today of the switch

 

Schaub was to be the Raiders’ starter in 2014 and until early last week there seemed to be nothing that would indicate otherwise.

Carr started  taking first-team reps last week in practice due to Schaub having soreness in his elbow.  Carr would soon be named the starter for the Raiders’ final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday night.

Leading up to the game against the Seahawks, Allen was still adiment about Schaub being his starting QB to start the season.  That all changed after Carr had a breakout performance on Thursday night and the attitude quickly turned to a let’s wait and see how Schaub is on Monday situation.

Glazer’s tweets seem to imply that Carr has been named the starter over Schaub based on performance, not a Schaub Injury.

The Valley Bay News Group’s Shawn Jonas has reported that Schaub is practicing and splitting reps with third-string quarterback Matt McGloin while Carr takes the bulk of the snaps. This is a pretty good indication that Carr has taken his job based on how he has played in the preseason and it has nothing to do with Schaub’s elbow.