Oakland Raiders: Cincinnati Bengals

ALAMEDA, Calif. --Oakland Raiders potential franchise quarterback Derek Carr can make up for some lost time Thursday in the preseason finale against visiting Seattle.

Carr, a second-round pick, is set to start. Oakland coach Dennis Allen said he expects Carr to get extensive playing time. Carr didn't play last week at Green Bay because he was nursing a rib injury. He was also suffered a concussion in the second preseason game against Detroit, but he was cleared after a couple of days.

The Raiders expect starter Matt Schaub to be ready to start Week 1 at the New York Jets in 11 days, although he has missed the past three days of practice with a sore elbow. If Schaub has a setback, Carr is the No. 2 quarterback and would be in line to start.

"He needs the experience," Oakland coach Dennis Allen said of Carr. "So for him to be able to get out there against a really good defense and get some more game experience will be a big part of his development."

Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson is encouraged by Carr because he looks like he belongs in an NFL offense. The task doesn't appear to be too big for the former Fresno State standout.

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

The Raiders hope they can continue to say that after the preseason closes.
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