The Las Vegas Raiders are comfortable with their starting quarterback position for the foreseeable future, having presented Derek Carr with a three-year contract extension this offseason. While the starting quarterback is set, the backup situation isn’t as clear as it has been in recent years. The team brought in Nick Mullens and Jarrett Stidham this offseason to compete for the spot behind Carr.
Mullens should be considered a favorite for the job, having previously started in 17 NFL games. Stidham has yet to make an NFL start. However, the former New England Patriots backup has a deep understanding of Josh McDaniels’ offense. That might not be enough to earn him a roster spot. Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox called Stidham one of the Raiders’ top trade candidates:
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It’s possible the Raiders will roll with just two quarterbacks on the active roster when the season starts. In this case, Mullens is the favorite over Stidham. However, Las Vegas was recently traded from the Patriots to Stidham. It wouldn’t make much sense to trade him in now. Also, it’s hard to imagine that there are many teams out there desperate to land the quarterback.
If McDaniels were entering his second or third year with the team, he wouldn’t need a player like Stidham. Right now, the quarterback is a valuable asset when it comes to teaching offense to the rest of the roster. That should bring his roster spot safely into the season. At least he earns a place on the practice team.
Things haven’t been easy for Carr since he was drafted by the Raiders in 2014. He’s about to get his fifth head coach and hasn’t always had a great squad around him. That should change this year as the Raiders added Davante Adams and hope to have found a long-term solution with McDaniels as head coach. According to CBS Sports, the Raiders are among the teams that have helped their quarterback the most this offseason:
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