The Raiders are counting on new QB Matt Flynn in a big way in 2013, and for now, he’s the teams starting QB day one – no questions asked.
GM Reggie McKenzie says Flynn is the starting quarterback when organized workouts start next week.
“We’re going to begin with Matt Flynn,” McKenzie said. “Now, the quarterbacks who will be on the roster from that point on, they will all compete. Like I said, every position, it’s all about getting players that can play and competing.”
Those other quarterbacks for now include just Terrelle Pryor, who started the last game of the season in 2012 when Carson Palmer was hurt. Palmer didn’t want to take a pay cut on a losing team, and was traded to Arizona, and the Raiders then traded for Flynn from Seattle.
“Two things that I feel are important and that’s presence, as far as leadership and knowing how to move a team down the field, and knowing how to do it,” McKenzie said. “He has all the intangibles and I think he can play the position. He can throw the ball.
“I think he’s going to be a solid quarterback. Now how good can he be? We’ll figure that out, but I think he’s got a chance to be a good, solid quarterback. He hasn’t played a lot of games so that’s what’s ahead of him, to see how he plays. He’ll get in here and compete and try to see if he can show his team and coaches if he can play.”