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By all accounts, Matt Schaub was done as an NFL starter after last season.
The veteran quarterback was a perfect microcosm for the Houston Texans, who went from Super Bowl contender to laughable pretender in the blink of an eye. Injuries played a part, but Schaub was horrendous when he was the starter. He was even benched at one point despite having T.J. Yates and Case Keenum as backups.
The Texans moved on from their seemingly broken quarterback, even managing to score a sixth-round pick in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.
Schaub gets to start fresh with the Raiders, who only have second-round rookie Derek Carr and undrafted second-year man Matt McGloin on the roster.
Before his meltdown last season, Schaub was a quality quarterback. He might not have been Peyton Manning, but Schaub has a career 89.8 passer rating, and he was above 90 in the five seasons leading up to his disastrous 2013 campaign.
He psyched himself out last season, but that quarterback may still be in there. Per Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Schaub has his "mojo" back. It's early, but that is a promising sign for Schaub and the Raiders.
A bounce-back season may well be on its way.