“We're trying to expedite his progression,” coach Dennis Allen said, via CSNBayArea.com. “I like a lot of the things that I've seen out of Derek. He's still got a long way to go, but I like the direction that he's headed.”
Allen's latest remarks coincide with what we've been hearing from the Raiders pretty much since Carr was drafted.
“He's a competitor,” the coach said last week. “He is going to continue to compete. That's really what we want him to do. I am setting any barriers. … I want him to come in here and try to get better every day. If he does that, everything else takes care of itself.”
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson added: “I really, really like him. Everybody knew he was accurate, but he is more accurate than we thought. … We'll have to wait and see how he does against a live rush, but so far his intelligence, accuracy and quickness in getting the ball out has been excellent. ...
“We drafted a pretty good player," Olson continued. "He is very intelligent, and he may not need to redshirt. We like his comfort level. Right away, you can see that this is not too big for him.”
Put another way, second-year quarterback Matt McGloin, who started six games last season, heads into camp as the Raiders' third quarterback. And it's reasonable to think that if Carr continues to progress, it won't be long before veteran Matt Schaub, whom the Raiders traded for before the draft, joins McGloin on the bench.
At the very least, that reality would help explain this:
Temporary Raiders QB Matt Schaub seems way too excited about helping sell tickets. pic.twitter.com/ZzhbN8zwIV— ryan wilson (@ryanwilson_07) June 20, 2014