After a down year for both he and the Texans in 2013, Matt Schaub became available for trade at a more than affordable price this offseason.
In need of a veteran quarterback regardless of what they would later do in the draft, the Raiders made the move to acquire him for a sixth-round selection, and he is in line to start this season.
While many will assume otherwise, it is entirely possible that with a fresh start and a new offensive system, Schaub is able to rebound to his play of years past.
The NFL is indeed about what you have done lately when it comes to player evaluations, but that difficult year is an outlier in his otherwise solid career overall.
In the five years prior, Schaub never finished with a quarterback rating below 90, and he threw for more than 4,000 yards in each of the three seasons he played all 16 games.
He won’t be expected to put the team on his back but playing that kind of solid game and taking care of the ball is what the Raiders have long needed at the position.
Should it become clear early on that Schaub’s play moving forward will be closer to that of 2013 than anything else, the Raiders can turn to their quarterback of the future in Derek Carr.
However, if Schaub’s presence has the impact the team is hoping for, and he can get back to his previous level of play, the Raiders will have made a significant short-term upgrade, at the game’s most important position, for quite a small price.