Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn may find himself on the losing end of another position battle this season.
Flynn signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Seahawks in 2012, but failed to beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job in Seattle. He was traded for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft and a conditional pick in 2015 to Oakland earlier this offseason. Flynn competed against Terrelle Pryor to become Oakland’s starting quarterback, and if today’s practice is any indication, he will be holding a clipboard - again.
Pryor – not Flynn – took first-team reps during Raiders practice on Monday. Oakland has not announced its starting quarterback. But Pryor’s practice reps leading up to the season opener against Indianapolis could indicate he will start on Sunday.
Brice Butler, Sio Moore both practicing. Pryor with first group to open drills. OT Tony Pashos No. 79
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) September 2, 2013
Pryor may have won the job out of default. He had a lackluster preseason, which included 3-of-8 completions for 31 yards and one interception (two sacks) in Oakland’s preseason finale against Seattle. Pryor completed 17-of-32 passes for 221 yards, one touchdowns and two interceptions this preseason.
However, Oakland’s offensive line is a team weakness, and Pryor’s scrambling ability is necessary for any production this year.
When Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was a member of Tampa Bay’s staff, Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson (currently with the Cincinnati Bengals) were his primary passers. Both quarterbacks have scrambling ability, which is a trait Olson prefers in his passers.