Raiders rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson got some rave reviews for his first work with the team earlier this month and there was more praise for his work during Tuesday’s OTA session.
Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that people around the Raiders were talking about Wilson looking better than Matt Flynn and that Corkran agreed with them after watching both players work during the practice. That led to a question for coach Dennis Allen about whether or not Flynn was being considered the team’s starting quarterback.
“Yeah, right now that’s the way we’re going. Just like we’ve said before, we want to try to create as much competition as we can on this football team,” Allen said, via the team’s website. “That’s how you get better. When everybody competes and they compete in a way that they want to do what’s best for the football team, the cream always rises to the top. So Matt is our starting quarterback as we go forward right now. Until the competition dictates otherwise, that’s the way we’re going.”
There’s no reason for Allen to close the door on the competition in May, although we wonder how much competition really is going on in Oakland. Flynn is being considered the starter, so it isn’t an open job the way it is with the Jets, and that means he’ll have to lose the job as much as either Wilson or Terrelle Pryor will be able to win it. That’s pretty hard to do before there’s any opposition on the other side of the field, which makes it feel like Flynn’s going to have to flop in game action before anyone else gets a real shot with the Raiders.