NAPA -- Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr makes no pretense about where he stands on the depth chart as he embarks upon his first training camp.
"I'm starting to learn how to be a NFL quarterback and those things," Carr said a few minutes after he reported to training camp in Napa on Wednesday, "but I still got a long way to go. So, I'm going to rely on my coaches and the team to help me get through my first camp."
The Raiders selected Carr in the second round of the NFL draft in May. He is projected as the primary backup to Matt Schaub, with Matt McGloin and veteran Trent Edwards also in the mix.
Coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie said during the offseason that they envision Schaub being the starter for this year and beyond. Yet, it's no secret that they're also high on Carr as the long-term answer at a position that has been in flux since Rich Gannon retired.
Even so, Carr isn't getting too far ahead of himself for now. He is saying and doing all the right things, falling in line the way veterans expect from an unproven player.
"Hopefully Matt (Schaub) doesn't get too annoyed at me for asking too many questions," Carr said, "because I'm going to ask even more now. I'm going to try and pick his brain as much as I can."
At some point, Carr will get an opportunity to use what he learns in a regular-season game.
There are those who wouldn't be surprised to see Carr replace Schaub at some point this season, though that's unlikely if Schaub reverts to the form he displayed with the Houston Texans before the 2013 season, when Schaub struggled.
Last season, Matt Flynn arrived at training camp as the presumptive starter. Third-year player Terrelle Pryor beat out Flynn for the starting job based on a strong training camp.
For now, Carr said, he's just concerned with "rookie questions" such as, "Where do I park when I get here?"
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