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OAKLAND –- Derek Carr’s first professional start was near perfect, and it just may have sparked a quarterback controversy.
With presumptive starter Matt Schaub scratched with a sore right elbow, the Raiders’ second-round pick torched the Seattle defense on four consecutive drives to start Thursday's exhibition at O.co Coliseum.
Touchdowns punctuated each one. A pair lasted one play. The other two were orchestrated well.
All told, Carr was 11-for-13 for 143 yards and three touchdowns. All that in just over a quarter of play. Carr was replaced by Matt McGloin early in the second period, officially ending a Thursday night that couldn’t have gone much better.
His first drive when 68 yards on 12 plays against major players on the vaunted Seattle defense. The next two lasted just seconds. He threw touchdowns to Denarius Moore and then Mychal Rivera on the first play of each series. His night came to an end with a 10-yard strike to Moore.
While this was just a preseason game, Carr’s performance may cause head coach Dennis Allen to reconsider his firm stance that Schaub will start the regular season opener against the New York Jets.
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