What Can We Expect from Matt Flynn as the Raiders’ Starting QB?

The calendar still says May, and the regular season remains nearly 100 days away, but the Oakland Raiders are clearly straying away from a truly open competition at quarterback. 

Matt Flynn, who the Raiders dealt for this offseason, has taken the majority of first-team snaps at organized team activities and is being considered the current starter by head coach Dennis Allen, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Coast Times. 

“Matt’s our starting quarterback as we go forward right now,” Allen said, via Corkran. “And until the competition dictates otherwise, that’s where we’re going.” 

While obviously not guaranteed of a starting spot come Week 1 of next season, Flynn would likely need to struggle mightily in training camp and the preseason to lose his hold atop a depth chart that also includes 2013 fourth-rounder Tyler Wilson and Terrelle Pryor. 

Flynn is certainly no stranger to losing a job thought to be his; just last summer, a rookie named Russell Wilson took the Pacific Northwest by storm and relegated Flynn—then a high-priced free-agent signing for the Seahawks—to the bench. 

The situation in Oakland feels different, however.

The Raiders gave up assets to acquire Flynn, and then traded away 2012 starter Carson Palmer to clear his path to start. Pryor has shown flashes of greatness—namely Week 17 of last season—and Wilson is an intriguing young arm talent, but Flynn has a clear edge to being the starter in Week 1. 

Now a veteran of five NFL seasons, Flynn should be expected to hold down the starting job for the reloading Raiders. 

While Oakland does not currently possess the embarrassment of offensive talent that Flynn once had while a replacement starter with the Green Bay Packers, the Raiders do have more than enough on that side of the ball for...

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