The Oakland Raiders were the ones who traded for Matt Flynn after he was rendered useless to the Seattle Seahawks by Russell Wilson’s standout rookie season, and the Raiders are hoping that their acquisition of Matt Schaub becomes as irrelevant as their own trade for Flynn by getting a Wilson-esque rookie year from Derek Carr. The Raiders essentially anointed Carr as their franchise QB when they stole him away in the early second round of the draft, and the should-have-been first rounder now has the full backing of the organization after a monster, Wilson-esque preseason in which he completely outclassed Schaub, who is also dealing with a minor elbow problem, in every phase.
Carr will face off against the league’s most formidable three-man front when the Raiders take on the New York Jets in the opener, but he will also face a soft secondary that could be downright embarrassing if second-year pro Dee Milliner doesn’t play. He, of course, has the full backing of the Raiders organization, as the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on today’s NFL Total Access that the organization hope Carr “takes the job and runs with it”, per NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling.
That should pretty much go without saying, though it’s interesting to see how quickly Schaub turned into an afterthought after having the full support of the Raiders organization as the team’s stopgap. Carr and Wilson don’t have much in common in the form of physical tools, but they could forge similar paths into receiving and seizing the franchise QB designation.