6th year backup quarterback Matt Flynn cannot not seem to find a starting role anywhere. His most recent setback occurred when the Oakland Raiders and coach Dennis Allen officially named Terrelle Pryor as the Week 1 starting quarterback.
Pryor, a former Buckeye standout, wasn’t the most accurate passer during the preseason, but his natural athleticism was on full display. During the Raiders 3rd preseason game, Pryor threw 7 completions on 9 attempts and a touchdown, not to mention his 37 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Matt Flynn looked confused and nervous, while Pryor looked composed and confident.
Flynn was acquired this offseason by the Raiders from the Seahawks, where he lost his starting role last season to rookie sensation, Russell Wilson. Before Seattle, Flynn worked as Aaron Rodgers’s backup in Green Bay.
Flynn seems to lack the NFL starting talent that head coaches and organizations are looking for in a starting quarterback. Pryor on the other hand, may have a breakout fantasy season. With his combination of size, speed and versatility, he could be a solid bench player or possible even a flex option.
A large portion of Pryor’s success will rely on Darren McFadden’s ability to stay healthy and trick up the defenses. As football fans witnessed last season, a running quarterback combined with a high octane running back can be dangerous to opposing defenses.