Oakland Raiders: Seneca Wallace Signing Implications
According to Jason La Canfora, the Oakland Raiders have picked up their second quarterback of the offseason, this time in Seneca Wallace. Wallace beat out Tyler Thigpen for Oakland’s to-be third string duties.
Wallace will not likely see playing time past the preseason for the Raiders. He was likely signed to instill a veteran presence within the quarterback corps with Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor battling it out for the starting spot during training camp.
The signing also makes the Raiders likelihood of drafting a quarterback in 2013 NFL Draft less probable. Even though finding a rookie with potential upside could be enticing–Oakland has many more holes to worry about, with only seven picks to choose from. Wallace may not be a big help, nor necessarily make the Week 1 roster, but he serves as necessary depth to a thin quarterback chart.
At 32 years old, Wallace hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011 and hasn’t played much of a role since the 2008 season where he accumulated 1,532 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions as an injury replacement for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Raiders have a plethora of needs, including: offensive tackle, offensive guard, tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle and wide receiver depth. G.M. Reggie McKenzie has done well this offseason addressing many of the needs on the Raiders expansive list of deficiencies. In a busy April, McKenzie has added nine players to the roster. Notable additions are: quarterback Matt Flynn, cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins and safety Usama Young.
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