More NFL Notes: Raiders tab Derek Carr as starter

More NFL Notes: Raiders tab Derek Carr as starter
September 1, 2014, 8:15 pm
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The Raiders have tabbed rookie quarterback Matt Schaub as the starter over Matt Schaub (not pictured). (USA Today Images)

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Raiders have decided to start rookie quarterback Derek Carr over Matt Schaub.

Oakland selected Carr with its second-round pick, and the rookie out of Fresno State shined in the Raiders' preseason finale against the Seahawks.

The 23-year-old was 11 of 13 for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders' 41-31 win over Seattle. The brother of former NFL QB David Carr, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2002, Derek will become the Raiders' fourth different Week 1 starter in the last four seasons, per ProFootballTalk.

Carr will be the only rookie quarterback to open the season as his team's starter.

Schaub, who Oakland acquired for a draft pick in the offseason, had an underwhelming preseason. The 33-year-old completed 24 of 47 passes for 218 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and he was sacked three times.

The Raiders open the season this Sunday on the road against the Jets.

- Staff

Bills: Rookie Watkins returns to practice
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is still experiencing soreness after returning to practice for the first time since aggravating a rib injury last week.

The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago.

Watkins declined to reveal the nature of the injury except to say follow-up tests showed it is something more than bruised ribs.

He was initially hurt in the first quarter of a 19-16 preseason loss at Pittsburgh on Aug. 16. After sitting out one game, Watkins was hit in the same spot in the first quarter of a 23-0 preseason-ending loss to Detroit on Thursday.

Tight end Lee Smith (toe) and linebacker Randell Johnson (ankle) did not practice Monday.

- The Associated Press

Jets: GM says cutting Patterson was 'best thing for the Jets'
NEW YORK -- Despite a thin secondary, general manager John Idzik says moving on from cornerback Dimitri Patterson was "the best thing for the Jets" after a bizarre week.

Patterson, expected to be a starter, was released by New York on Saturday as the team got to the mandatory 53-player limit. It capped a stretch in which Patterson was suspended after he went missing before the Jets' preseason game on Aug. 22 without speaking to anyone in the organization.

Patterson later said the Jets' claims were "completely false." Idzik, in his first comments since cutting Patterson, says "it wasn't good for the team to go forward (with the cornerback)."

As for releasing wide receiver Stephen Hill after two seasons, coach Rex Ryan says the team gave the 2012 second-rounder "plenty of opportunity."

- The Associated Press

Texans: Safety Manning signed
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have signed safety Danieal Manning.

The 32-year-old Manning played in 35 games for the Texans from 2011-13 and had 124 tackles, four interceptions and 15 pass breakups. He started six games last year before suffering a season-ending right knee injury. He became a free agent and signed with the Bengals, who cut him at the end of training camp.

The Texans cut safety Chris Clemons to make room for Manning.

- The Associated Press

49ers: Boone passes physical, joins team
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers right guard Alex Boone has passed his physical and rejoined the team for its Week 1 preparation ahead of Sunday's opener at Dallas.

The 27-year-old Boone reached agreement on a restructured $6 million, two-year contract Sunday. The 49ers requested a roster exemption and Boone must be added to the 53-man roster before he can play.

As part of his new deal, fines for missing the mandatory minicamp and training camp were waived.

Boone is a key member of a veteran offensive line and the unit struggled to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the preseason. Boone has started every game the past two seasons.

Also Monday, the team signed cornerback Chance Casey, tackle John Fullington and running back Kendall Gaskins to the practice squad.

- The Associated Press

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