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According to NFL Media’s Albert Breer, there is a belief within the organization that Carr can push Schaub for the starting job and make an appearance in the offense much earlier than initially expected. With that said, the Raiders have made it clear multiple times that Schaub is their starter.
As noted by Steve Corkran of the San Jose Mercury News, head coach Dennis Allen didn’t hesitate to announce Schaub as the starter immediately after acquiring him back in March.
Coach Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie are implementing the redshirt strategy with their rookie quarterback, but the prevailing sentiment seems to be suggesting Carr may not need one.
Carr has shown a firm grasp on the playbook, while his arm strength is already well-documented up to this point. Despite what Allen or McKenzie have said in the media this spring, remember, these guys are in a situation where they have to win now and they’re not going to keep the QB who gives them the best chance to win on the bench.
Even Allen admitted that “everything’s written in pencil right now,” per Corkran.
I suspect Dennis Allen will try to stick with starting Schaub, but eventually the Raiders will get desperate. With a tough schedule, the losses early on should start adding up and we should see Derek Carr in the starting lineup before we hit the halfway point of the season.
Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player and currently writes for Bleacher Report.