Derek Carr gets chance to prove he should start

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Derek Carr's candidacy for a starting quarterback gig has been smothered by the Oakland Raiders' standing party line that Matt Schaub remains the team's first-team signal-caller, despite a sore throwing elbow that will keep the veteran out of tonight's preseason finale.

While Schaub sits, the rookie will get extended time against the Seattle Seahawks, at 10 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

"The more that I can be out there, the happier I'll be," Carr said, per the Bay Area News Group. "That's why we work so hard in the offseason. That's why you spend so many hours here before anyone's here. That's why you do all those things, because you want to go out there and help the team win, and I'm looking forward to it."

In front of a home audience at O.co Coliseum, Carr has a chance to win the crowd. If he builds enough frenzy around his potential it could create a tidal wave of optimism that just might be enough to snag the starting gig.

"I've said it from Day 1, the guy's comfortable in the huddle," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "The game's not too big for him. ... I don't think the game's too fast for him, which a lot of times is a concern with a rookie quarterback."

If Carr comes out Thursday and lights up the Seahawks -- even if it's mostly a backup group -- the groundswell for Carr will hit a fever pitch. Even if a stubborn Raiders staff sticks with Schaub, the calls for Carr will come loudly from the Black Hole at the first sign of faltering. And the Raiders already have that handy "elbow soreness" excuse to give the vet the early hook. 

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