The Oakland Raiders have a fresh look to their team, and that alone has already put them in better position than last year. The hope that new Raiders’ quarterback Matt Flynn brings to the team is shining a long awaited light of curiosity in Oakland.
The Raiders have been at work this offseason making many big changes on offense and defense. In just this past week, the Raiders have signed wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs, as well as signing punter Chris Kluwe. Cribbs had a quiet year with the Cleveland Browns, but looks to become an important piece to this “new look” offense of the Raiders. The signing of Kluwe is just a smart pick-up for special teams.
Hope is one thing; being good is another thing entirely. The Raiders still seem very weak in certain areas, but have now become interesting at the quarterback position, which consists of four players trying to stay on the roster. Flynn is no guaranteed starter. He will have to beat the promising Terrelle Pryor, rookie Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas and rookie Matt McGloin out of Penn State.
Pryor started the final game last season, recording 150 yards and two touchdowns, but only had a 46 completion percentage and an interception in the loss. Pryor was still a fan favorite all year to start over former quarterback Carson Palmer once the season started heading south.
Wilson was a projected first round pick a year ago, but after falling to the fourth round he landed with the Raiders. Wilson had one of the better and more impressive mini-camps than any other player in the whole league according to insiders.
As for McGloin, he is a long shot, but you never know what will happen. It is going to be a fascinating quarterback competition to say the least.