Starter: Derek Carr
Depth: Connor Cook
Free agent: Matt McGloin
Leading off is the Raiders MVP Derek Carr, who was in the discussion for league MVP heading into the final few weeks of last season. Breaking his fibula in week 16 ended a run of 47 straight starts for Carr. He had started since day one with the team. Even a dislocated pinky finger couldn’t take him out last season. He left for one series, had the finger popped back in (in two places!), and headed back onto the field. He was just 63 passing yards from 4000 on the season and had thrown 28 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. Five of those touchdown passes were game winners.
Matt McGloin is expected to leave as a free agent. After four years with the team, he will seek his fortunes elsewhere as he attempts to go somewhere he will get a chance to compete for a starting job.
Taking over the primary backup job will be last year’s 4th round pick, Connor Cook. The team traded up 14 spots to grab him. He has the physical tools and the team is hoping he can fill in for Carr when necessary and play well enough to make for a trade piece at some point.
The team will need to find another QB to fill that 3rd QB spot, but there is no need to put a great priority on it. There will be plenty of low end veteran free agents out there as well as undrafted guys, much like McGloin was when he joined the team as a tryout.