Oakland Names Flynn Starter — For Now
By Bess Shapiro
Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie named newly acquired quarterback Matt Flynn as the starter for offseason workouts, according to reports. Flynn was obtained in the offseason from the Seattle Seahawks. Former starter Carson Palmer was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
But it’s too soon to say whether he’ll be the starter for the 2013 season. When asked if Flynn was the presumptive starter, McKenzie said during a press conference that Flynn will still need to compete against Terrelle Pryor and any other quarterbacks on the roster or picked up during the draft.
“[It’s all about getting players that can play and competing,” he said. McKenzie is well acquainted with Flynn having spent time with him in Green Bay. “He has all the intangibles. I think he can play the position. He can throw the ball. I think he’s going to be a solid quarterback."
Flynn didn’t see much playing time last season in Seattle as the backup to Russell Wilson. In Green Bay he threw for a total of 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns.