Last year, Matt Flynn entered training camp with a shot at the starting job only to lose it to a quarterback who outplayed him in the preseason by making plays with both his arm and his legs while Flynn struggled with an elbow injury.
History may be repeating itself. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Sunday that the team will be resting Flynn because of elbow tendonitis and that Terrelle Pryor will start the team’s preseason finale against the Seahawks.
The elbow issue is one that plagued Flynn in Seattle around this time last year, giving Russell Wilson more of an opportunity to assert his stake to the starting job. Pryor will get the same chance this year and a strong week of practice before a good game against Seattle could mean that Flynn will be on the sideline again come the first week of the regular season.
The Raiders will also be taking a look at a new left tackle on Thursday. Second-round pick Menelik Watson, who played right tackle at Florida State, will get the start as the team tries to find a competent placeholder until Jared Veldheer can return.