Part of that breath of fresh air has to include playing with Andrew Luck after cycling through several quarterbacks while with the Texans. Matt Schaub was the most accomplished player of that group and Johnson showed them all some kindness by putting a unnecessary qualifier on his assessment of Luck’s skills.
“He throws a great ball,” Johnson said. “Probably the best quarterback I’ve ever played with. I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 2:29pm
Schaub will serve as a backup to Joe Flacco.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:12pm
Carr left a 26-24 win over the Buffalo Bills briefly after getting a knee to the gluteus, Sparano said Monday. The fans booed as Schaub trotted on to the field, only to erupt in cheers when the Raiders called time out and Carr returned. Carr has started all 15 games for the Raiders as a rookie.
Interim Oakland Raiders coach Tony Sparano has no intention of sitting Derek Carr the remainder of the season, one day after pulling the rookie quarterback in the fourth quarter of Oakland's blowout loss to St. Louis.
Carr had arguably his worst game as a pro against the Rams, throwing two costly interceptions while failing to engineer a single scoring drive. He failed to complete a pass longer than 18 yards and finished with a season-low 50.5 passer rating.
Don't read much into the move. Sparano said Carr will remain the team's starter and that there have been no discussions about resting the rookie.
"There hasn't been really any thought about that," Sparano said. "I didn't get a lot of those questions [when the Raiders won], so there really hasn't been a lot of that kind of thought. There was a thought about that in the fourth quarter of the game when I decided to do that and that was purely my decision to do that at that point. There was just no need to keep Derek out there at that point any longer. Give Matt an opportunity to go out there and let Matt play a little bit and that was that."
Sparano removed Carr early in the fourth quarter and replaced him with veteran Matt Schaub, who had an even rougher time than Carr. Schaub lost a fumble on his first drive then threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his second drive the story pointed out.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Carr is expected to start against the Chargers, though the Raiders play late on Sunday. Matt Schaub likely gets the start if Carr can’t go.
Carr's knee was twisted at the end of a scramble. Despite a heavy limp, he stayed in for one more play before it became obvious that he couldn't put any weight on the leg.
He was promptly sent to the locker room for X-rays and did not return.
The rookie authored an impressive opening touchdown drive vs. the Miami Dolphins, but failed to move the offense over the next two quarters.
Matt McGloin took over for Carr and did throw for a TD pass but it was an overall ugly performance for the Raiders offense. Matt Schaub didn't make the trip to England and the Raiders have a bye in Week 5. Carr's injury is said to keep him out a couple of weeks, so right now it's anyone's guess as to who starts in Week 6.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Raiders QB Matt Schaub (not injury related, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Raiders QB Matt Schaub (not injury related) missed practice again Thursday.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Raiders QB Matt Schaub (right elbow, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 1. Derek Carr gets the start for the Raiders.
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm
Raiders QB Matt Schaub (right elbow) took full practice reps again Thursday. Schaub has been benched in favor of Derek Carr.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm
Raiders QB Matt Schaub (right elbow) practiced fully Wednesday. Schaub has been benched in favor of Derek Carr.
The supplanted Raiders quarterback admitted he was surprised to be benched in favor of the second-round pick
“I’m definitely disappointed, but it wouldn’t do me or the team any good if I just stood here and felt sorry for myself,” Schaub said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “I only know how to handle things one way. That’s to move forward and stay productive and get myself ready each day so I’m prepared if called upon.”
We currently have Carr ranked #27 in our draft rankings, though it's not advisable to start him this week on the road against the Jets. His presence under center may ultimately be the best thing for the Oakland offense, though only time will tell.
Schaub missed three days of practice leading up to the preseason finale against Seattle. Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders had touchdowns in all four of his possessions. Schaub was away from the facility Friday because of a “personal issue.” Carr out-played Schaub who really struggled at times in the preseason. As a result, the Raiders say this isn't a week-to-week situation with Carr, he's going to be the starter for the long haul. Carr has much more upside, but is likely going to make his share of mistakes. It's not a great first matchup against the Jets, however they ranked just 25th in allowing fantasy points to QBs last season. Look for the Raiders to try to get the running game going early to take pressure off Carr, however the Jets are expected to again be good against the run.
“I think the biggest thing is I want to be able to check on (Matt Schaub) and see where Matt is health-wise,” Allen said. “Like I said, he was making some progress last week, threw on the side with the trainers. I feel like he’ll be ready to go, but I think we need to see how he’s doing Monday when he gets in here.”
“I was very pleased with what I saw out of Derek Carr last night,” Allen said. “We’ve said all along that Derek is going to be a really good quarterback in this league and he’s shown those signs, and you’ve seen those signs, throughout practices. It was good to see that our whole group offensively was able to go out and function the way that they did last night.”
Neither player is much of a fantasy option, but Carr looked good last night while Schaub has been pretty dreadful all preseason. The beat writers seem to think that Carr will get the start.
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