The Oakland Raiders have informed their players that they are making a change at the quarterback position, by naming rookie Derek Carr as the starter for the regular season.
Rookie Carr and veteran signal caller Matt Schaub have been in an on-going quarterback battle throughout the pre-season with the starting job for the Raiders up for grabs, both players have had equal number of attempts through four pre-season games to showcase their talents.
Head coach Dennis Allen had been monitoring the situation carefully and gave his team four exhibition games before the new campaign to react positively to a particular quarterback and according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Carr has been named the week one starter.
Glazer tweeted saying: "Breaking: Raiders players have been informed that the team is making the switch at QB and starting Derek Carr over Matt Schaub"
Carr v Schaub
The rookie QB has performed brilliantly throughout the pre-season and surprised many experts with his efficiency, the 23-year-old completed 66.7% of his passes along with four touchdowns and only one interception which amassed an impressive 108.2 quarterback rating.
A significant factor that will have certainly helped Allen come to a decision over his starting QB was the health of veteran Schaub.
Schuab had been held out of Raiders practice for the last week, the former Texan appeared to suffer an elbow injury in the last pre-season contest against the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL was set to see not a single rookie quarterback start for one of its 32 franchises but it seems slight concerns over Schaub has thrust young Derek Carr into the limelight as the quarterback will carry the torch for rookie's all around the league.
Despite the injury, it seemed momentum in the quarterback battle had already shifted in Carr's favour after his remarkable showing against the Seahawks, the Seattle defence was filled with their starters and the rookie showed veteran poise as he surprisingly torched the frightening-D with 143 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-13 passing.