When the Oakland Raiders take the field at MetLife Stadium this Sunday, rookie Derek Carr will be the starting quarterback, not Matt Schaub.
Carr, Oakland’s 2nd round pick out of Fresno State, had a stand-out pre-season in which he completed 11/13 passes for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns. That was enough to un-seat Schaub, who for most of the pre-season, was the assumed starter.
Last season at Fresno State, Carr had a ridiculous statistical season in which he threw for 5,082 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He also completed 68.7 percent of his passes.
His first NFL test will the the suspect New York Jets secondary where Darrin Walls, Antonio Allen, and Kyle Wilson are the anticipated starters.
Walls has never been relied upon as a starting cornerback in his 3 previous NFL seasons, Allen went from being a linebacker to a converted safety, and now the Jets are hoping he can hold the fort at corner.
Kyle Wilson has been one of the most criticized Jets players since being drafted with the 29th pick in the 2010 draft.
Wilson hasn’t come close to living up to expectations and this could be a make or break season for him in New York.
The Jets continue to hope Dee Milliner is ready to return week 1, but his recovery from a high ankle sprain hasn’t gone as fast as the Jets would have hoped for.
The man that was supposed to start opposite Milliner was Dimitri Patterson who was just cut over the weekend after going AWOL.
Rex Ryan and company better hope the secondary looks good against Carr. If it doesn’t, just imagine what Aaron Rogers will have in store in week number 2.