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Derek Carr, not Matt Schaub, to start Week 1 for Oakland Raiders

Eric Edholm
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The Oakland Raiders reportedly have switched gears at quarterback for Week 1 against the New York Jets.

Second-round draft pick Derek Carr will start, per Fox's Jay Glazer, confirming what many had suspected when Matt Schaub suffered elbow tendonitis and Carr lit it up in the Raiders' preseason finale.

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Carr had a terrific training camp and start to the preseason but was set back in the second exhibition game when he suffered a rib injury and was tested for a concussion. The Raiders held Carr out of the third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, a contest in which Schaub and the offense struggled.

Schaub came out of that game with elbow pain, and when Carr was cleared to play against the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason finale, he made the most of it. Carr was exceptional in leading four touchdown drives in his four posssessions — including two with the Seahawks' starters in the game — with three touchdown passes.

Head coach Dennis Allen pulled Carr in the first half, as if he'd seen enough to know that Carr could start if needed. Schaub's elbow was tested Monday, and it's believed that he wasn't healthy enough to go Sunday against the Jets.

Schaub's health might not have mattered too much. Carr was the better performer in the preseason, and the Raiders need not delay the future if Schaub or No. 3 QB Matt McGloin can't get it done.

The Jets likely will be shorthanded in the secondary, with top corner Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) in serious doubt for the opener. It's likely that the Jets will have to have Antonio Allen, a converted safety, and Darrin Walls as their starting corners outside, with Kyle Wilson in the slot.

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