After the Oakland Raiders traded for Matt Flynn a few months back, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be the team’s opening day starter. But it appears that Flynn has once again been passed over for another signal-caller. According to multiple reports, former supplemental draft pick Terrell Pryor will start week one for the Raiders. This comes after a lengthy preseason quarterback battle, where apparently Pryor has just edged out his counterpart.
Let’s be honest, neither QB has looked great this preseason. Pryor had a chance to solidify himself in the team’s final preseason tune up, but he failed to really put himself in the driver’s seat. But apparently head coach Dennis Allen has seen enough to roll the dice with the speedy QB in week one.
Perhaps, Pryor’s speed was the tie-breaker? With both guys failing to really emerge as the top candidate, Pryor’s quick legs could have put him over the top. We can all see that the NFL is a league that focuses on speed these days, so if it was truly 50/50 coming down the stretch in this QB battle, why not go with the guy who can make plays with his legs?
Either way, the Raiders aren’t going anywhere near the postseason this year. You can make a case that the franchise may finally be pointed in the right direction, but it’s still a club far from playoff contention. So given that likely reality, why not see what Pryor can do? He’s been fighting for a couple years now for his chance and clearly he wouldn’t be getting the nod if he wasn’t working his tail off.
For a team that figures to be playing for moral victories, I like the call to see what the dual-threat QB can do.