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Schaub or Carr – Who Will be the Raiders Starting QB in 2014?

Denver Broncos v Houston Texans

The Raiders picked up a QB this offseason in former Texans thrower Matt Schaub, but also drafted a high-profile QB in Derek Carr.

With all that said, how will the Raiders QB battle go for 2014? Will Schaub be the starter under center for most of or all of 2014, or will Carr rise up as a rookie and take the job from him?

Check out our new Raiders Forum at right to do talk about this topic and more topics to do with the Raiders!!

So far so good.. Raiders draft QB Carr in 2nd round..

The Silver and Black drafted their possible quarterback of the future less than two months since landing Matt Schaub from the Texans..  After taking a truly game changing player in the first round with possibly the best pass rusher in years ( Khalil Mack ) Oakland may have made a “steal” in this years draft with Derek Carr from Fresno State with the 36th overall pick in tonight’s second round..

Oakland traded a sixth-round pick to Houston in March to acquire Schaub and immediately named him the starter. In an interesting twist, Schaub replaced Carr’s older brother, David, as starter in Houston.   Derek’s brother was the first draft pick ever for the Texans in 2002 and started five seasons there before being let go.

 Carr,  one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football last season,  threw for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in a spread style offense at Fresno State that included many quick screens and played almost exclusively in the shotgun. He also won the 2013 Sammy Baugh Award, which goes to the nation’s top passer..

Looking forward to round 3, the Raiders have the 3rd pick in the third round to take care of tonight.. It will be the 67th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.. Stay tuned for more updates here on WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM !!!

Raiders Select LB Khalil Mack w/ 5th Pick in NFL Draft

2014 NFL Draft

The Raiders went defense with their first round pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft – taking LB Khalil Mack with the 5th overall pick.

QB Terrelle Pryor sent to Seahawks

The Terrelle Pryor experiment in Oakland has ended.  Yesterday the team announced that Oakland has traded the maligned QB to Seattle for a seventh round pick in next months NFL Draft.   Pryor was the last player personally drafted by late owner Al Davis and went 3-6 as a started for the Raiders.  Rumors have been swirling lately that the former Ohio State QB was unhappy with the organization and wanted to be traded before the start of their off season program.   Pryor had asked to be dealt after the season when he lost his starting job to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, and the Raiders made the move after acquiring Matt Schuab from the Texans to be the starter.

Posting on Twitter, Pryor said “Thank you Mr Davis and Raidernation for the unbelievable support!! I will miss the Fans and all of the teammates I have met over the years with the Raiders organization!!”

Oakland took Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft in 2011, less than two months before owner Al Davis passed. Pryor was suspended for the first five games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who ruled he must miss the time he would have served under a suspension had he stayed at Ohio State.

Pryor got on the field only once as a rookie, committing a false start before his first play. He then played sparingly late in his second season before beating out general manager Reggie McKenzie’s hand-picked starter, Matt Flynn, in training camp last summer.

Pryor showed flashes of what he could do early in the season, completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 845 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and a 97.6 passer rating in his first four starts. He set an NFL record for quarterbacks with a 93-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage against Pittsburgh on Oct. 27.  That was the final real highlight of his first year as a starter.   Pryor had completed 50.1 percent of his passes for 714 yards with one touchdown, eight interceptions and a 44.2 passer rating in his four starts before losing his job to McGloin  after struggling through a knee injury in a loss to the New York Giants.

Landing with the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks, Pryor will compete with Tarvaris Jackson and BJ Daniels for their back-up QB position.   In a statement by Seattle GM John Schneider said of Pryor, “Terrelle is an incredibly explosive athlete and we’re excited for him to come in and compete,”

Oakland had already decided to go in a different direction at QB when they traded a sixth-round pick to Houston for Schaub.  Head Coach Dennis Allen had already chosen Schaub as his starter and Matt McGloin is already in place as the backup.  The Raiders could still draft a quarterback next month in the draft, but as of now seem pretty set at the position.  Stay tuned to RaiderGab for more updates !!


Previewing The 2014 Oakland Raiders Schedule Release


The Oakland Raiders rarely have it easy. They’re still in full rebuilding mode, and although they traded for quarterback Matt Schaub, they’re going to face an uphill battle towards becoming a consistently competitive team in 2014. Playing in a tough AFC West division only makes it harder, while the Oakland Raiders schedule outside of the division doesn’t help.

Oakland has it a little easier at home in 2014, but with the AFC West taking on the NFC West, bouts with the Cardinals and 49ers sure won’t be taken lightly. The Bills, Dolphins and Texans finish up Oakland’s home schedule, with all three being winnable games if the Raiders can make the jump their fans are hoping for.

It’s a different story on the road, as Oakland has to travel to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champs, and will also have to visit the Patriots, Jets, Browns and Rams. On the bright side, Oakland should have at least a shot at taking down the Jets, Browns and Rams on the road.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

For a look at all 32 NFL team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Raiders to sign RB Maurice Jones Drew today to 3 year deal

The Raiders are expected to sign former Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year contract today, according to multiple reports.  Jones-Drew, an Oakland native, told the Raiders on Thursday night he intends to sign. The former Jacksonville Jaguar figures to have a better chance of starting in Oakland than with the Jaguars.

The two sides are close to agreeing on a contract but 29-year-old still must pass a physical exam.   “MJD” would compete against Darren McFadden  for the starting job. McFadden, the No. 4 pick in the 2008 draft, has failed to play 16 games in a season because of numerous injuries and did not play in three games last year..

In the 2013 season, MJD was  limited by a foot injury and  averaged just 3.4 yards per carry in rushing for 803 yards with five touchdowns. A foot injury also cost him 10 games in 2005. In 2011, Jones-Drew was a first-team All-Pro after leading the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards

QB Terrelle Pryor Wants Out Of Oakland – Wants To Be Traded

Terrelle Pryor

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has reportedly requested a trade according to Tim Kawakami of Fox Sports.

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has confirmed the request and said that the teams is going to try to comply with Pryor’s wishes by actively shopping him to other team and will then release him if they cannot find a trading partner.

Apparently overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the Matt Schaub acquisition, McKenzie had already informed Pryor that he would not be given a chance to compete for the starting job in Oakland in 2014.

No one can blame Pryor for being upset about the decision and wanting to start over elsewhere. No one could characterize Pryor’s 2013 stint as the starting QB for the Raiders in 2013 as a success but it should be noted that he was operating behind a woeful offensive line and with few offensive weapons.

He did show glimmers of promise and his raw athleticism will likely attract developmental attention from forward-thinking teams because he can move the chains with his legs.