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NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - INSIDE SLANT

If Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub is concerned that rookie quarterback Derek Carr is breathing down his neck, he is hiding it well.

Carr appeared to have worked his way past Matt McGloin at the team's mandatory minicamp to the second team, and has received glowing reviews from both head coach Dennis Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Olson as well as teammates who have noticed his quick grasp of the offense and willingness to work.

Still, it'd be a stretch to say Carr will contend for the starting job, and Schaub knows it. Schaub has taken on a leadership role absent since Rich Gannon was the Raiders quarterback.

"I think he's been outstanding," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "That's what you're looking for in a veteran quarterback and I don't think we've even seen the best of what we're going to see out of Matt Schaub.

"Even though he's a veteran player, it's still a new offense for him. He's still learning. But I've been very pleased with what I've seen of him so far."

Schaub said the Raiders have put in the entire playbook and that he's comfortable with it, although there is plenty of room for nuance and detail.

"That's what this time of year is all about," Schaub said. "It's about understanding our route adjustments, what guy is best at what type of route. Can he adjust to a ball in the air? Do you have to put it on his body? Is he good at slants? Is a go-route runner? You learn all that and file it away so when we get to the fall, it's second nature."

Schaub said he has been impressed by Carr, who will go into the season as a backup but will sooner or later be competing for his job.

"I feel like he's progressing well," Schaub said. "A lot was thrown to him in a short period of time but I feel he's handled it well."

Carr wants no part of discussing how he appears to have surpassed McGloin on the depth chart at quarterback or about the possibility of challenging Schaub for the starting job.

He referred all questions to quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

"That's a question Flip would know better," Carr said. "He's my quarterback coach. I just come out and listen to him and try to get better. The stuff the coaches do and the decisions they make, I stay out it."


NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - NOTES, QUOTES

--Running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden couldn't manage 3.5 yards per carry last season, but they are intent at re-energizing their careers as a tandem in the Oakland Raiders backfield.

Jones-Drew knows there are skeptics based on the fact that neither player has performed at his peak over the past two seasons and that some believe they simply have too much wear and tear to return to peak efficiency.

"Everybody can say what they want," Jones-Drew said. "Just don't be the same guy in a couple of months saying, 'Oh, we knew you could do it.' Hold yourself accountable like everybody holds us (accountable)."