Derek Carr To Start For Raiders

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 02, 2014



It wasn't how they drew it up, but the Oakland Raiders have found their 18th starting quarterback since the 2003 season. Ironically, Derek Carr replaces Matt Schaub, who replaced his brother David Carr in Houston.  

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen

"We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now. We've seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he's ready to accept the challenge."

"It's not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all," Allen told reporters. "I feel very confident in Matt Schaub. I think it says more about we feel Derek Carr is in his progression."

One man who isn't surprised is Oakland's newest wide receiver James Jones. The former Packers wideout said, "It didn't surprise me at all. I've been calling him baby A-Rod (Rodgers' nickname) since he got here."

This marks the second striaght year a veteran quarterback brought in by GM Reggie McKenzie will ride the bench at the start of the season. It was Matt Flynn who was replaced by Terrelle Pryor in 2013.

Pryor is looking for a job after being cut by Seattle.

As for Carr, he is the 8th different quarterback to start Week 1 for Oakland in the last 10 seasons.

He is also the first rookie to start the opening game of the season in Raiders history.  


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