Heading into the preseason, the general consensus surrounding the Oakland Raiders was that the newly-acquired Matt Flynn would be the starting quarterback this season. After all, the Raiders did trade for him and are paying him $6.5 million this season.
But two games into the regular season, it is apparent that Flynn is not the man for the Raiders. Instead, it’s Terrelle Pryor who has taken over the starting job, wowing the fanbase and showing that he is the future of the team.
Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie echoed those thoughts in an interview with the media on Wednesday.
“He’s made leaps and bounds from last year, from the time I spent with him,” he said. “He’s done a good job. There wasn’t a play or anything (where Pryor earned the job), it’s just more his progress. The guy just comes in, goes to work, from the summer to training camp to each and every preseason game, he’s just gotten better and better. I think he’s getting more confident, and that just comes with playing.”
McKenzie also agreed that Pryor’s exciting and energetic style of play is a big plus.
“I think he energizes more than just the fan base. He energizes his teammates and anybody that’s watching. Everybody like to see the big plays. And he’s a big play guy. So, yes, the fan base, I’m definitely sure they love to see him play.”
It was the inability to make the big plays that may have cost Flynn the starting job. It is no secret that Flynn does not have a strong arm, and that really showed during the preseason.
“It may be a combination (of things),” McKenzie said, when asked about what went wrong for Flynn, “but his arm definitely did not fare him well in the preseason.”