Why Matt Flynn Will Have a Breakout Season for Oakland Raiders in 2013

By Dan Parzych
Matt Flynn
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When Matt Flynn signed with the Seattle Seahawks prior to the 2012 season, he was hoping to finally have a chance at the starting job since there was no chance that would have ever happened as a member of the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers around. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for Flynn as he lost the starting job to Russell Wilson during the preseason and after the rookie quarterback helped lead the team to the playoffs–it was clear the only use for Flynn in Seattle was as a backup once again.

Obviously, Flynn knew the only chance he would have at a starting job in 2013 would be if he ended up with another team and now that he’s a member of the Oakland Raiders–there’s nowhere to go but up for the quarterback.

After things didn’t work out with Carson Palmer, the Raiders acquired Flynn from the Seahawks in a trade this offseason as they hope he is the quarterback they’ve spent so many years looking to build a franchise around. Oakland may not have the best of weapons for Flynn in the passing game compared to what Seattle has for the 2013 season, but they do have plenty of young talent with potential to have a breakout year in 2013.

Even if he’s only started two career games, Flynn has shown plenty of potential during his limited action on the field over the last five years and there was a reason why the Seahawks originally wanted him as their starter at quarterback. Flynn has been patiently waiting for his time to shine and now that he’s finally receiving the opportunity in Oakland–expect big things from the quarterback in 2013.

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