For the second year in a row, the Oakland Raiders have acquired a quarterback in a trade during the NFL offseason. Matt Flynn was brought in from the Seattle Seahawks last year and Matt Schaub was acquired for the 2014 season.
Unfortunately, Flynn didn't work out last season resulting in Terrelle Pryor becoming the starter and the same scenario has happened heading into Week 1 this year. Rookie Derek Carr will get the nod as the starting quarterback for the Raiders, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports on September 1:
There will be a rookie starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season: Oakland’s Derek Carr.
Ian Rapport of NFL.com confirmed the report that Carr will be the starter on Twitter:
Earlier, #Raiders told QB Derek Carr to be ready to be Week 1 starter. Source says that is now the plan, rather than start Schaub (elbow).
Carr will replace Matt Schaub for Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets, FOX Sports has learned. Raiders players were informed of head coach Dennis Allen’s decision on Monday afternoon.
The Raiders will face the New York Jets in Week 1 on the road at MetLife Stadium. Although the Jets aren't considered to be among the elite in the AFC at this point in time, Rex Ryan's squad is always tough to beat on their home field and the first week of the season will be no different.
As a result of Carr being named the starter to start the season, the Raiders will likely have Schaub backing him up with Matt McGloin third on the quarterback depth chart for head coach Dennis Allen.
With no high expectations heading into the 2014 NFL season, starting Carr over Schaub isn't much of a gamble. Schaub may be set to make $8 million in his first season with the Raiders, but the decision makers in Oakland seem content going with the rookie in Week 1.