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Raiders could have tough roster decisions at quarterback

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It’s becoming a given that, barring an abysmal performance by Matt Flynn in the preseason or an incredible showing by Terrelle Pryor, Flynn will start the regular season at quarterback.

The bigger question at this point is whether Flynn will be backed up by two or three quarterbacks.

As discussed with Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com on Friday’s PFT Live, the Raiders may have a dilemma.  So far, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin has outplayed fourth-rounder Tyler Wilson, earning the third spot on the depth chart.  Also, McGloin is slated to play on Friday night against the Cowboys before Wilson, who’ll mop up.

So who would the Raiders cut?  Neither would be a lock to make it through waivers, making it a Thigpen-style risk to try to slip them through to the practice squad.  Guess wrong, and the guy who is let go could become a starter elsewhere.

If the Raiders aren’t willing to carry four quarterbacks, the odd man out possibly could be Pryor, especially if a trade partner could be found.  He’s the only quarterback on the roster the current regime had no role in acquiring, making it easier to give up on an Al Davis third-round pick than to admit failure on a fourth-rounder selected by new G.M. Reggie McKenzie.

Regardless, McGloin’s unexpected development is a good thing for the Raiders, but it creates the kind of dilemma that could, in time, lead to real regret for a team that needs a long-term answer at quarterback.

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26 Responses to “Raiders could have tough roster decisions at quarterback”
  1. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    My money is on Pryor bringing in a pick in trade.
    If your offensive staff is designing “packages” for a QB, you can bet he’s not much of a QB.
    It’s getting to the point that run around in circles quarterbacks are a dime a dozen. Give me one that can throw. You know… like a quarterback in the NFL….

  2. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Aug 9, 2013 10:40 PM

    As solace as a raiders fan at least we have the best announcer in the game with Greg Papa

  3. spellingcops says: Aug 9, 2013 10:40 PM

    Regardless of what they do, they’ll find a way to eff it up. It’s the Raiduh way.

  4. andrewluck12 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:41 PM

    i’d cut flynn and trade pryor.

  5. Stiller43 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:41 PM

    “Raiders could have tough roster decisions at quarterback”

    You mean because they have 0 NFL caliber QBs, yet they have to play one?

  6. ryann252013 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:41 PM

    ..wow..McGloin..wasnt expecting that good pick up Oakland

    -Jet fan

  7. kriswd40 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:44 PM

    Isn’t Matt Flynn supposed to be the long term answer?

  8. natelan69 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:12 PM

    Jamarcus Campbell was the better QB tonight, and even he sucked.

  9. waitstop says: Aug 9, 2013 11:16 PM

    I hate the argument that a front office would keep a lesser player they were responsible for acquiring just to look better. It says more about them to set ego aside and keep the best player, even if it means admitting a mistake. -Chiefs Fan

  10. wittler62 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:31 PM

    So witch QB wins 3 games? Thats the question. They will look to the first pick of next years draft. Crap roster, crap city.

  11. wittler62 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:33 PM

    Bookies have them at 125/1. Not much hope, please change the roster

  12. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:36 PM

    Who cares, its the Raiders…..

  13. open1337 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:36 PM

    I’m in with Flynn!

  14. mike5011ad says: Aug 9, 2013 11:59 PM

    Pryor could be a legit 2 or 3 WR in the league this season if he wanted to. Too bad he’s content to play QB and sit the bench…

  15. tdk24 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:28 AM

    Flash Pryor in the pistol to temp some teams into thinking they need to run the pistol and trade him. Or trade Wilson.

  16. pastcoaches says: Aug 10, 2013 12:45 AM

    Regardless of how well Pryor does or how badly the other 3 do Reggie will trade or drop Pryor. He wants to purge the team of any Al Davis picks. If that means a sub par performance, so be it. Reggie cannot see the forest for the trees as far as potential talent is concerned.

  17. demolition510 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:42 AM

    If things continue the way they are, I’d keep McGloin over Wilson.

  18. ch8878 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:06 AM

    Matt McGloin all I can say is wow that kid looks sharp.

  19. randomcommenter says: Aug 10, 2013 2:38 AM

    McGloin faced the same situation at Penn State. He was a walk-on. They had recruited 2 blue chip QBs and played them ahead of McGloin.

    The starter got injured and McGloin got his shot. He was better, but when the starter healed, they put him back in because of his potential. McGloin kept coming in off the bench.

    The kid is mentally tough and is used to learning quickly and with few practice reps. He is well suited to be a NFL backup.

  20. therealraider says: Aug 10, 2013 3:46 AM

    Why trade Pryor? He is clearly better than Wilson and MGloin.. He also allows for practice against the new option – QBs the league is seeing. If Raider management is smart.. They admit a mistake and cut Wilson.

  21. souldogdave says: Aug 10, 2013 6:36 AM

    spelling cop is a punk who lives in mom’s basement.

  22. SAV says: Aug 10, 2013 7:01 AM

    Matt Flynn has the physique of scarecrow after a crow storm

  23. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:11 PM

    If your offensive staff is designing “packages” for a QB, you can bet he’s not much of a QB.
    It’s getting to the point that run around in circles quarterbacks are a dime a dozen. Give me one that can throw. You know… like a quarterback in the NFL…. Joe Flacco. I don’t know if I’ve seen a better offensive backfield with Ray Rice, Vonta Leach, Bernard Pierce, and the talented rookie FB Kyle. Who need TE’s. The Ravens are going to have a dink and dunk offense. With the occasional bomb to Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Deonte Thompson, and LaQuan Williams.

  24. jimatmad says: Aug 10, 2013 4:05 PM

    Gee, an Arkansas education, including 5 years at Sooieville, and he can’t handle the playbook?

    Shocker.

  25. raiderapologist says: Aug 10, 2013 4:17 PM

    pastcoaches says: Aug 10, 2013 12:45 AM

    Regardless of how well Pryor does or how badly the other 3 do Reggie will trade or drop Pryor. He wants to purge the team of any Al Davis picks. If that means a sub par performance, so be it. Reggie cannot see the forest for the trees as far as potential talent is concerned.
    ————–
    He extended Branch, Janikowski, and Condo. He wants to keep Vehldeer, Wisniewski, and Houston. He let some guys walk because he couldn’t afford to keep them, not because they were Davis picks.

    Since Oakland has the league’s worst set of QBs, how would it be possible for one of their cast-offs to end up as a starter elsewhere?

  26. willtalk65 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:54 PM

    One essential requirement for the read option is an ability to make quick reads on the line of scrimmage. Being athletic is only one factor involved in it’s effective execution. The important question would be if Pryor has the ability to make the quick reads necessary. That along with being able to accurately throw the ball. If he can than it would be to the Raiders advantage to keep him for his potential for his future value as either a player or trade value.

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