The starting role for the Oakland Raiders was firmly in the hands of former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn until Friday night's game against the Chicago Bears. After completing just three of his six pass attempts on Friday while tossing a pair of interceptions, Flynn has opened the door for a competition with third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor managed to complete seven of his nine passes for 93 yards -- including a 19-yard touchdown pass and a 25-yard touchdown run -- against the Bears. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen confirmed during his post-game press conference that Pryor's performance in the game warranted a further look at the starting quarterback role from the coaches:
"I think obviously we have to look at it. I think when you look at it I don't think Matt [Flynn] played well in this game. Obviously, I thought Terrelle [Pryor] came in and gave us a spark. I thought he played well in the game."
Levi Damien of SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride explains what this really means for Flynn.
This is a ‘not again' moment for Flynn who was signed by the Seahawks last off-season only to see third round rookie Russell Wilson swoop in and take the job from him. Flynn never played a down for the Seahawks. With the faith of Reggie McKenzie who got a firsthand view of Flynn in Packers practice as well as his two fantastic performances in relief of Aaron Rodgers, Flynn has been afforded a long leash to go through growing pains. A solid performance Friday would have gone a long way to proving McKenzie's faith in him correct. At this point he is more likely questioning that faith and Pryor's performance only complicates things further.
The New York Jets have an on-going competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith for the starting quarterback role, but Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News says that the competition is "farcical" and that the reality is that the organization is "desperate" to bench the incumbent starter.
In fact, Mehta says that Smith only needs to manage to stay healthy and relatively safe with the ball and the Week 1 starting job will be all his. That doesn't sit so well with our friends at Gang Green Nation, however.
Manish Mehta reported this week that Geno is likely to win the starting job if he avoids turnovers. I think some people took that to mean that if Geno went 0 for 20 but didn't throw any interceptions he would win the job. Don't fall into that trap.
Following a strong performance against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night, the backup role behind Aaron Rodgers appears to be all Vince Young's as the Green Bay Packers elected to release Graham Harrell on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Young completed 6-of-7 passes for 41 yards and a touchdowns, and also accumulated 39 yards rushing against the Seahawks, earning praise from head coach Mike McCarthy after the game. Regardless, Acme Packing Company's Jason Hirschhorn believes that this move says more about Harrell.
On some level, this news isn't too surprising. This was to be Harrell's third year in the system, and with that much time invested the Packers surely expected greater effectiveness than what he's shown this preseason.
Last week, Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said on NFL Network that Vick's fragility is due to a running style that is "stupid" and doesn't feature enough sliding. The last time Vick played an entire 16-game season was in 2006 when he was still the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons.
The Oakland Raiders lost their No. 2 wide receiver on Friday night, as Rod Streater left the game against the Chicago Bears after suffering a concussion. The second-year receiver caught 39 passes for 584 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie in 2012 and caught one pass for 19 yards on Friday night. Streater is unlikely to play in the team's preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.