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Dennis Allen: Raiders QB Derek Carr will start over Matt Schaub in opener

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Derek Carr will be the Week 1 starter in Oakland. (USATSI)
Derek Carr will be the Week 1 starter for Oakland. (USATSI)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr only made one start during the preseason, but apparently he did enough in that one start to earn the quarterback job in Oakland. Coach Dennis Allen announced on Monday that Carr will be the starting quarterback for the Raiders' regular season opener against the Jets.

"We made the decision to go with Derek Carr as the quarterback," Allen said after practice. "There were a lot of factors involved in that. It's not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all, I still feel very confident in Matt Schaub."

Allen also added that it won't be a week-to-week thing with Carr, "Derek's the starting quarterback," Allen said.

Carr started in Oakland's preseason finale against Seattle and in only 16 minutes of action, the rookie quarterback threw for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Carr threw a total of four touchdown passes during preseason play while Matt Schaub threw zero.

Allen admitted that Carr's performance against the Seahawks played a part in his decision.

"It was a factor in it," Allen said. "We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he started camp this year until where he's at right now. We've seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he's ready to accept the challenge."

In the end, the choice was probably an easy one for Allen. Schaub was throughly outplayed during the preseason, plus, the veteran quarterback has been dealing with an elbow injury that kept him out of several practices last week.

Before Schaub's elbow flared up, he played in three preseason games and was an unimpressive 24 of 47 for 218 yards and no touchdowns. Schaub also threw one interception in preseason play.

Allen described Schaub's reaction to hearing the news.

"He's disappointed. I think any competitor would be," Allen said. "He's handling it like a pro. It's not an easy situation to be in. He understands how things operate. He'll be ready when his number's called."

As for Carr, he was impressive during the preseason. The 36th overall pick in the 2014 Draft finished the preseason 30 of 45 for 326 yards and four touchdowns. Like Schaub, Carr also threw one interception in preseason play.

With Carr now the starter in Oakland, it means that for the second year in a row, the Raiders have traded for a quarterback they may not end up using. The team traded for Matt Flynn in April 2013, only to cut him five weeks into the regular season. Flynn lost the starting job to Terrelle Pryor, but did eventually start one game after Pryor went down injured.

It's deja vu now for the Raiders.

The team traded for Schaub in March with plans of starting him this season, but now those plans have changed. Schaub's future in Oakland could be up in the air if Carr looks impressive. Oakland also has Matt McGloin, who could end up being the No. 2 guy behind Carr by the end of the season. Allen confirmed though that Schaub would be the No. 2 guy against the Jets.

Carr will be the only rookie quarterback to be making a start in Week 1. First-rounders Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater will all be on the bench when the regular season kicks off this week.

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