Henderson, Nevada – Quarterback Jarrett Stidham called the chance to start his first NFL game a “dream come true,” even if things aren’t ideal and opponents have the league’s top defense Sunday.
Stidham replaces Derek Carr, whose nine-year tenure with the Raiders is likely to end Wednesday, when he Substitutes in last two games Hosted by Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels. Carr left the Raiders facility and did not return.
“He’s got a golden opportunity,” defensive end Max Crosby said of Stidham. “I’m going to be his biggest fan.”
Like Carr, Stidham was informed on Wednesday morning. He said he spoke to Karl, who told Stidham to stay calm no matter what happened on the court.
“I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s helped me personally and professionally,” Stidham said. Man, obviously a great football player too. He’s obviously been here a long time. I just want to try to get out there and do the best I can and I know how to do it. “
It won’t be easy for the San Francisco 49ers, who are No. 1 in scoring and defense. Niners defensive end Nick Bosa came to Las Vegas as the NFL leader with 17 1/2 sacks.
“You’re not going to get better unless you’re playing against the best,” Stidham said. “So it’s going to be a big challenge for our team. They’re doing great on all three stages and it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m really excited about it.”
Stidham, 26, was selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2019 draft with McDaniels as offensive coordinator.
He was a substitute for three seasons, appearing in eight games. Stidham did not play in 2021 due to back surgery in July of that year.
The Patriots traded him and a seventh-round pick to the Raiders in May for a sixth-round pick. The deal reunites him with McDaniels so Stidham doesn’t have to learn a new offensive system.
“It’s great,” Stidham said. “Obviously, in the offseason, it’s been good, to have a good sense of what’s going on. But every week this year, no matter what the game plan is, I try to be as prepared as I can be Go to the game.”
Stidham — who has made three appearances this season — said he didn’t view the final two weeks as an audition. The Raiders will likely search for their next quarterback in the draft or try to acquire a veteran.
The attack is now Stidham’s, a dream that has become a reality, if only for a short time.
“I think he’s ready,” winger Darren Waller said. “I think he’s doing it in a way that’s unique to him. Don’t try to be anybody else, don’t try to be too loud or too loud. When he feels like he needs to talk and joke with a man, He can talk. He has the personality to go out there and do a good job.”
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