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.

26 responses to “Raiders could have tough roster decisions at quarterback

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

  3. “Raiders could have tough roster decisions at quarterback”

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

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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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