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Easily one of the best things about a new season is seeing which rookie quarterback gets the first start of the year. This season it’s not draft day-saviors Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or even Teddy Bridgewater; it’s second-rounder Derek Carr getting the nod over veteran Matt Schaub for the Oakland Raiders. While Carr might have won the position in part thanks to Schaub’s injured elbow, he was still impressive enough in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks where he put up three touchdowns on 143 yards in 16 minutes of play to make the decision an easy one for head coach Dennis Allen, even if everyone — yes, everyone — thinks he’s the worst coach in the league. The timing honestly couldn’t be better for the rookie to get his footing as the Raiders open again the New York Jets, a defensive squad that struggled against a wobbly Giants team and downright stank against the Eagles over the past couple of weeks.

Upon the announcement, Derek Carr again restated that he was in no way related to David Carr and that the Houston Texans were nothing but a myth like the Tennessee Titans.