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Tom Savage to visit Raiders

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The Raiders met with Johnny Manziel earlier this week and they’ll close the week by meeting a quarterback who is expected to go a bit later in the draft.

Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage will be visiting with the Raiders on Friday, according to a report from Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. Savage is seen as a mid-round pick after throwing forĀ for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his only year at Pitt, although some draft watchers have opined that he could develop into an NFL starter.

That would seem to fit with the Raiders’ plans at the position after trading for Matt Schaub this offseason, but Savage will have to explain during his visit why his college career took him from Rutgers to Arizona before winding up at Pittsburgh.

“You see someone transfer twice, your immediate thought is probably a red flag, there is something wrong,” Savage said. “Obviously, my journey has been a little different. It’s helped me mature as a person and I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.”

The Raiders also have Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor at quarterback, although there doesn’t seem to be much chance of Pryor remaining on the roster for the 2014 season.

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14 Responses to “Tom Savage to visit Raiders”
  1. chalkruz1989 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    There’s something about Tom Savage that is intriguing. His college experience should help him as he experienced the highs of high and lows of low.

    He has a great arm and I view him as being more mature than the rest of the quarterbacks. He could really flourish with a proven veteran to start and learn the ropes for a season or two.

  2. irishdodger says: Apr 11, 2014 10:10 AM

    I actually think he can be a solid pro QB. He was a highly sought after recruit out of HS. Had a phenomenal freshman season & then was quickly replaced at Rutgers. The Arizona transfer is easy to explain b/c he landed there between the Stoops & Rich Rod transition. He would’ve been a square peg in Rich Rod’s offense.

  3. pike573 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:15 AM

    “some draft watchers have opined that he could develop into an NFL starter”… Between Pitt and Rutgers I saw him play 6 or 7 times and he was terrible. Guess I missed something…

  4. tylerisntthere says: Apr 11, 2014 10:20 AM

    Good plan. If there’s one team that can develop quarterbacks, it’s the Oakland Raid- oh wait…

  5. metitometin says: Apr 11, 2014 10:24 AM

    The Raiders could get Fred Savage and I’m sure he’d do just as well. Jim Plunkett and Marcus Allen are not walking through that door.

  6. tyschwab says: Apr 11, 2014 10:29 AM

    Pitt season ticket holder here. He sucks. Great arm. Cream of wheat for brains. If it wasn’t for Tyler Boyd (a name you’ll be hearing a lot of), he would have had mediocre numbers.

  7. sicklnick121 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:35 AM

    Another great QB from the state of PA, sign him up big Reg, He can learn behind the great Matt Schaub and up and coming Matt McGloin. That will be 3 QBs on our team from PA. #GREATESTTEAMINNFL

  8. El Pollo Loco says: Apr 11, 2014 10:53 AM

    OHHHHH YEAAHHHHH!!Macho madness brother!!!

  9. madroaddog says: Apr 11, 2014 10:58 AM

    Huge project but the Raiders need a 3rd stringer to develope. With Schaub on board, the Raiders need to draft Robinson to further shore up the O Line. Penn is not the answer at LT and I am not convinced the guard positions are adequately manned. I always use Seattle’s defense as a measuring stick.

  10. garyhd01 says: Apr 11, 2014 11:03 AM

    hard to judge a qb who played 2 combined seasons on 3 teams and from everything i saw he had no offensive line blocking for him. making great decisions is hard when you are A. running for your life or B. picking yourself off the ground

  11. thirdistheworrd says: Apr 11, 2014 11:37 AM

    This is probably the deepest quarterback class ever, but it’s inarguably the most questionable quarterback class ever. Manziel, Bortles, McCarron, Garrapolo, Fales, Carr; every single one of is a boom-or-bust prospect– even “can’t miss” guys like Bridgewater have done nothing but hurt their stock since the season ended.
    Savage’s upside is that he should be available in the fourth, or even fifth, round, so he’s more of a boom-or-whatever than a boom-or-bust.

  12. slick50ks says: Apr 11, 2014 2:35 PM

    Bridgewater is hardly can’t miss. More like can’t do much.

  13. rawdog2013 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:45 PM

    Yeah let’s draft another Tyler Wilson

  14. babygaga19 says: Apr 11, 2014 11:59 PM

    Three words: Is he fast?

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