Carr set to take reins of Raiders 

Geno Smith knows exactly what Derek Carr is dealing with.

First NFL game. First NFL start. First regular-season snap, and all eyes on you.

It's an enviable position to be in, and one that could set the tone for a season -- and maybe even a career.

Smith is making his second straight Week 1 start for the New York Jets, set to square off at MetLife Stadium today against Carr, the Raiders' second-round draft pick out of Fresno State.

"Every guy is going to have a different feeling about it, and a different learning curve," Smith said. "Whether you're a rookie or a veteran or whatever, you're going to have to go out there and do your job. Execution is the name of the game and we have to execute."

Smith, a second-rounder last year out of West Virginia, was thrust into the spotlight a year ago when Mark Sanchez went down with a season-ending shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, the Raiders tabbed Carr to start the opener over Matt Schaub. A terrific summer sealed it for Carr, who completed 66.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, one interception and a 108.2 passer rating. Schaub, a veteran starter who came to the Raiders as the marquee offseason acquisition from the Houston Texans, struggled in the preseason and came down with a sore elbow after the third exhibition game.

"I'm just going to continue to be myself," Carr said. "I'm not going to change. I'm going to be the same person throughout this whole thing"

Season opener

Raiders vs. Jets

WHEN: Today, 10 a.m.

WHERE: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: KPIX (Ch.5)


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