The first day of Oakland Raiders training camp was Friday, and if there was one thing to note, it was that Matt Flynn looks to be the starting quarterback for next season.
CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair observed that Flynn “is clearly the No. 1 guy at this point, and looked the part with several accurate passes to the right receivers.”
The Raiders have an abundance of quarterbacks on their roster, but none of them are bona fide starters.
Matt Flynn has started a few games in his career as an NFL backup, Terrelle Pryor has one career start, and Tyler Wilson and Matt McGloin are rookies that weren’t exactly high draft selections (in fact, McGloin was undrafted).
For now, however Flynn appears to have the edge.
“Matt’s our starting quarterback as we go forward right now,” said head coach Dennis Allen earlier this offseason. “and until the competition dictates otherwise, that’s where we’re going.”
Flynn was traded to the Raiders from the Seahawks earlier this offseason. He backed up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for four seasons, and signed a lucrative three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seattle last offseason, only to be benched in favor of Russell Wilson. Wilson completely took over the reigns, leading the Seahawks to the playoffs and leaving Flynn in the dust.
So now he’s here in Oakland, as the favorite to beat out another Wilson to land the starting job.
Speaking of Tyler Wilson, the rookie had a rough day on Friday, throwing three interceptions in a row.
Chase Ruttig of Just Blog Baby fills us in:
Wilson threw three interceptions on four passes with the fourth being nearly intercepted in what was a brutal stretch of reading the secondary by the rookie. The first interception looked to be a nice play by Cory Nelms on a long ball intended for Conner Vernon. Then the second interception came courtesy of Joselio Hanson and the third by Reggie Smith came and Wilson’s day was officially ruined.
Terrelle Pryor, at this point, doesn’t look like he’ll be much of a challenge unless he performs lights out.
Right now, the starting job is Flynn’s to lose. But remember, it was his to lose in Seattle last season, and well, he wound up losing it.