Editor’s note: Insider Scott Bair will be providing position-by-position breakdowns each day leading up to Raiders training camp. The full squad will report on July 23, with the first practice day scheduled for July 25. This morning, Scott focuses on the quarterbacks.
Who they have: Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, Matt McGloin, Trent Edwards
Who they lost: Terrelle Pryor
Looking back: The Raiders had quarterback problems all season long. Presumptive starter Matt Flynn lost the job to Pryor in the preseason, and the Raiders got just one regular-season game on their $6 million investment. Pryor flashed true potential early on, but was exposed as the 2013 season progressed. Injury/ineffectiveness eventually gave undrafted rookie Matt McGloin a chance to start. While the offense fared better, McGloin won just once in six starts.
Overall outlook: After the 2013 season, general manager Reggie McKenzie made it clear the Raiders needed a veteran quarterback. Maybe a young one, too. McKenzie acquired both. He traded for veteran Matt Schaub and selected Fresno State’s Derek Carr at No. 36 overall in the NFL draft.
Both players, it’s safe to say, provide significant upgrades for the present and future. There are obvious concerns about Schaub following a disastrous 2013 season with the Houston Texans, where he had interceptions returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games and eventually lost his starting job to an undrafted rookie.
Head coach Dennis Allen is supremely confident in Schaub’s ability to rebound, especially after an offseason program where he showed tremendous football IQ and trademark accuracy.
Camp competition: Carr has shown a unique ability to absorb and apply information at a rapid rate, prompting the Raiders to accelerate his development and increase his practice reps. Carr enters camp as the No. 2 quarterback ahead of McGloin, but Schaub remains the unquestioned starter. If all goes according to plan, Schaub will start the entire season. The Raiders would prefer Carr sit and learn but, if Schaub unexpectedly tanks and Carr skyrockets, the Raiders won’t hesitate to re-arrange the depth chart.