Report: Raiders plan to keep Matt Schaub with first team
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen doesn't plan to play rookie quarterback Derek Carr with the first-team unit, even though projected starter Matt Schaub struggled in the team's preseason opener, according to a report from Scott Blair of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The Raiders acquired Schaub, 33, in a trade this offseason. He threw for 2,310 yards with 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 10 games with the Houston Texans in 2013.
In three series Friday against the Minnesota Vikings, Schaub went 3-of-7 for 21 yards and the Raiders gained just one first down, on a 23-yard run by Darren McFadden. Oakland went on to lose 10-6.
“It’s not really part of the plan right now,” Allen said. “We’ll evaluate everything as we move along, but the plan is to work Matt Schaub as the starting quarterback. I think he’s done a good job of doing that.”
“I was not displeased with Matt Schaub’s performance,” Allen said. “We obviously need to play better. We need to be more consistent, but I thought there were some things we can build on.”
Oakland picked Carr, 23, in the second round of this year's draft out of Fresno State. On Friday, Carr completed 10 of 16 passes for 74 yards and threw one interception.
Schaub began the 2013 season as Houston's starter but was pulled after setting an NFL record by throwing a pick-six in four straight games and five of seven overall. Backup T.J. Yates replaced Schaub in October after he suffered a lower leg injury against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 13, and Yates promptly threw a pick-six of his own. It was part of a dismal stretch in which the Texans threw five touchdown passes to their own receivers and five to opposing defenses.
Schaub played in four more games for the Texans last season, including a 12-for-25 performance against the Raiders on Nov. 17 in which he couldn't manage a touchdown pass.
The Raiders' next preseason game is Friday at home against Detroit. They open the regular season Sept. 7 at the New York Jets. -- Chris Johnson
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