The Oakland Raiders still look like the Raiders of the past five years, pretty bad. This 2013 preseason has not shown much upside for them yet again. With the high expectations of the newly acquired quarterback Matt Flynn, the Raiders looked to be heading in the right direction. But Flynn has not really lived up to the hype since departing from the Green Bay Packers and is now competing for his job – again.
Flynn has not put on a performance resembling anything close to what he did to the Detroit Lions back in 2011. Granted, it is only the preseason, but Flynn has not lived up to his 480 passing yard performance for the Packers. He also lost a previous quarterback battle with the Seattle Seahawks to Russell Wilson after signing a $26 million, $10 million guaranteed contract to be their starter.
Flynn’s most recent performance for the Raiders consisted of 2-of-11 passing and two interceptions against the Chicago Bears in only a quarter of play. Later in that game, Terrelle Pryor took over and seemed to struggle for the first two series as well. But after halftime, Pryor seemed to add a huge spark to an already defeated team. He led the Raiders’ second-team offense on three straight scoring drives scoring two touchdowns and a field goal.
Pryor finished off the third-quarter for the Raiders going 7-of-9 for 93 yards and a touchdown. That was Pryor’s best performance of the 2013 preseason and it projected him in the discussion to compete for the starting role. Pryor has some intangibles that make him a better choice over Flynn. Oakland’s offensive line is still unstable and the has 4.3 40 speed to make plays with his legs. Pryor can also run the read-option, a type of offense that gave NFL defenses huge problems last season.
Pryor is set to start the Raiders’ preseason finale against the Seahawks in very loud and crazy Seattle. Pryor has taken most of the first team reps lately; Flynn has taken less reps due to elbow tendentious that also bothered him with the Seahawks. Look for Pryor to bring his “A” game and force head coach Dennis Allen and the Raider staff make a tough decision. Pryor could put Flynn back on clipboard duty, again.