The Jacksonville Jaguars have already committed to a “redshirt” year for quarterback Blake Bortles after taking him with the third overall pick of the draft. The Oakland Raiders appear ready to follow suit with second-round pick Derek Carr.
According to Jim Trotter of ESPN.com, the Raiders do not intend to put Carr in a starting position this year barring something “catastrophic.”
Head coach Dennis Allen is committed to Matt Schaub as the team’s starting quarterback for 2014. The Raiders traded a sixth-round draft pick to acquire Schaub from the Houston Texans and he’s under contract through the 2015 season.
Good Matt Schaub would be a considerable upgrade for the quarterback performances in Oakland over the past few years. Bad Matt Schaub would be very similar to performances Raiders fans have become accustomed to under center.
If bad Matt Schaub has made the plane trip to Oakland as well, the Raiders may feel pressured to play Carr sooner than later. Every quarterback drafted in the first 40 picks over the last two years have started at some stage of their rookie seasons. While the plan to give Carr a year to learn the ropes in all well and good in theory, the Raiders may still feel obligated to play him at some this fall.