Raiders’ Carr knows being named starter just the beginning 

Derek Carr has been groomed to be a starting quarterback in the NFL ever since he was an 11-year-old breaking down film with big brother David.

It may come as a bit of a surprise that he will reach that goal in the first game of his rookie season.

Carr used an impressive preseason to put himself on the fast track to becoming an NFL starter, beating out Matt Schaub for the No. 1 quarterback role on the Raiders heading into the season opener Sunday against the New York Jets.

But having watched his brother go from No. 1 overall pick and rookie starter to being run out of Houston, Derek Carr knows well to heed the advice from offensive coordinator Greg Olson that getting the opening day start is just the beginning.

"As coach Olie says, 'Don't let this moment be your best moment as an NFL moment,'" Carr said. "Just being told you're a starting quarterback and then everything else is downhill after that. We want to make more great moments but it was definitely a great thing. It definitely was."

Carr joins his older brother, David, as rookies to start in the season opener. According to STATS, they are the only brothers to do that since at least 1950. David won his debut for the expansion Houston Texans against Dallas in 2002 but never developed into the quarterback the Texans were hoping for when they picked him first overall.

Derek Carr, a second-round pick out of Fresno State in May, looks to have more success as he becomes the 18th starting quarterback for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season.

Carr played well in the preseason, completing 66.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, one interception and a 108.2 passer rating. He showed the strong arm needed to stretch the field, completing 11 of 18 passes more than 10 yards downfield for 234 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

In an odd bit of coincidence, it was Schaub who replaced David Carr as starter in Houston in 2007, ending a disappointing tenure with the Texans that began when David Carr was picked first overall in 2002 to be the cornerstone of the expansion franchise.

"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. "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."

NOTES: Khalif Barnes will start ahead of Menelik Watson at RT with rookie Gabe Jackson taking Barnes' spot at LG. ... CB Taiwan Jones (knee) was back at practice and should be ready to play Sunday. ... MLB Nick Roach (concussion) and CB Chimdi Chekwa (knee) remain sidelined.

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