Last summer, Matt Flynn entered Raiders camp with a good shot at earning the team’s starting quarterback job before a sore elbow opened the door for Terrelle Pryor to nab the job.
Pryor is in Seattle and Flynn is in Green Bay, but there’s still a little whiff of deja vu in the air in Oakland. Matt Schaub missed practice on Sunday because of elbow soreness, giving Derek Carr a chance to work with the first team.
There are differences between the two situations, of course. Among them are the fact that Carr didn’t play in the third preseason game because of a rib injury and coach Dennis Allen said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, that he doesn’t think Schaub is dealing with a serious injury.
Even if that’s the case, Schaub’s looked bad on the field this preseason after looking bad in Houston last season and missing time with an offense that needs work is hardly the best way to remedy that problem. It might not be enough for Carr to vault his way to the top of the depth chart by the start of the season, but a good showing with the first team could speed up his ascension.