Alameda – Since joining the Oakland Raiders, Matt Schaub has looked cool as a fan in practices. Whether it be sideline drills, seven v. sevens, or simulated pass rush situations, Schaub has put the ball in precise, mid-stride locations very hard to replicate by the other quarterbacks.
On Sunday the team suited up in shorts, and Schaub stained a pair.
Things seemed a little off when Schaub nearly overthrew a receiver on a come-back route early after stretches. Then in a scrimmage featuring the secondary, the 10-year NFL veteran lobbed a ball which was tipped by Charles Woodson and intercepted by TJ Carrie.
Schaub settled in a groove until the last scrimmage, when a throw was batted at the line and another pick went straight into the chest of Tyvon Branch. Two snaps later, Schaub was nearly intercepted on a curl route by Tarell Brown.
Head coach Dennis Allen emphasized there’s no need to panic.
“I thought Matt was fine, there’s still some things that we’re trying to work on in the passing game,” Allen told Sports Out West. “There were some really good plays, and then there were some plays that weren’t quite as good. So we’re going to continue to work, and we’re going to continue to get better.”
“Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback. I think he’s doing a good job for us and I think he will do a good job for us.”
Schaub is coming off a preseason game versus the Detroit Lions where he completed 8 of 13 throws for 87 yards, an interception and a 49.2 quarterback rating. The week prior versus the Minnesota Vikings, the two-time Pro Bowler went 3 of 7 for 21 yards and a 50.3 passer rating.
With so many new faces on the offense, and Oakland being his first change of scenery since 2007, it’s understandable and expected for Schaub, who tore ligaments in his right ankle in 2013, to initially struggle. But if underwhelming game days and mediocre practice showings occur more often, the Raiders may choose to reel in the leash.
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