It looked like Matt Flynn was finally going to get his chance to start in the NFL thanks to the quarterback situation with the Oakland Raiders, but after Terrelle Pryor showed flashes of brilliance in the team’s most recent preseason game the quarterback competition was re-opened and many now believe that Pryor could open the season as the team’s starter.
To reward Pryor for his standout performance, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is preparing to give Pryor a better chance at earning the No. 1 job by getting him the valuable reps that he needs during practice.
Allen said, Pryor will get more practice reps with the first-team offense in the run up to the Raiders’ exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night as a result of how well he played against the Chicago Bears on Friday.
Allen said he hasn’t decided yet who’s going to start against the Seahawks and whether both will play. Flynn started Oakland’s first three exhibition games, with Pryor the first of the three other quarterbacks on the roster off the bench all three times.
Flynn could be a safer pick for the Raiders, but Pryor has the most untapped potential and upside.
There is also the fact that the Raiders offensive line is abysmal, so Pryor’s mobility could help the team’s offense generate some sort of legitimate attack on offense. It’s going to be interesting to see how this competition plays out.