Every year, we hear about some of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks taking the extra step during the offseason to make sure that their receivers are ready when training camp rolls around.
They set up a get-together of sorts where quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends meet up to make sure that they’re all on the same page. It only lasts a few days, but the chemistry and camaraderie gained can be invaluable.
That’s what the Oakland Raiders need to do between now and the start of training camp in late July.
While it’s certainly not going to turn any of their quarterback into elites, the Raiders’ stable of passers needs all of the help it can get at this point. These player-organized workouts build chemistry, timing, and rhyme between quarterbacks and pass-catchers, which none of the Oakland gunslingers could muster consistently during OTAs and minicamp.
It’s assumed that offseason acquisition Matt Flynn will start for the Raiders come Week 1, but the promising young passer turned journeyman still has a lot to prove if he’s going to stay atop the Oakland depth chart. Organizing a workout with his targets would definitely help his cause and potentially give him a leg up on the competition.
It honestly doesn’t matter who gets the ball rolling at this point, though.
One way or another, Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson and Matt McGloin need to get any extra bit of help they can as the Raiders head into a 2013 campaign already dubbed a lost cause. It would show outstanding initiative and a will to get better that Oakland needs a whole lot more of with training camp just around the corner.
A player-organized workout wouldn’t be the Raiders’ solve-all to having a good season in 2013, but it would be a step in the right direction.