One can’t help but feel just a little bad for Matt Flynn. It wasn’t long ago when Flynn set the Packers single game passing yard record with a 480 yard performance, and six touchdowns in a 45-41 victory over the Lions in 2011. Before that Flynn wasn’t much more than an afterthought, but soon became a desired trade commodity, and wound up in Seattle.
After the trade to Seattle everything was set up for Flynn to be given the opportunity to prove his 480 yard performance as no fluke. Flynn arrived in Seattle, signed a brand new deal, and was expecting to be the Seahawks starting quarterback. Sadly, the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson, and the rest is history.
Fast forward to a 16 game season of Matt Flynn sitting on the bench watching Wilson lead the Seahawks to the playoffs, and now Flynn finds himself on Raiders.
Even though Flynn has been traded for twice, he still isn’t a proven commodity thus the reason for the Seahawks drafting Wilson in the third round in 2012. Like the Seahawks, the Raiders weren’t entirely confident at the quarterback position despite acquiring Flynn so they drafted Tyler Wilson fourth round.
Wilson entered his senior season expecting to be a first round pick, but after a drama filled season after the departure of Bobby Petrino, and a terrible team around him, Wilson and the Arkansas Razorbacks struggled. From his junior to senior season most of his stats remained the same except his interceptions raised from just six to 13.
Heading into the 2013 draft like Russell Wilson, Tyler Wilson suffered questions about his physical limitations, not about his height, but rather his 8 3/4 inch hands. After a question filled pre-draft process Wilson was drafted by the Raiders to be given the chance to compete for backup or starting job.
Now that offseason practices have begun it looks like Flynn may once again be passed up for a rookie quarterback named Wilson. Supposedly Wilson has been the talk of Raiders practices, and is trying to turn Flynn into an afterthought once again.
It is still early in the offseason, but Wilson has every opportunity to prove that he could be a steal in the fourth round for the Raiders. Sadly for Flynn the case could be that he has just been overlooked the entire time despite his 480 yard performance. Whoever the starting quarterback is for the Raiders they probably won’t lead the team to the playoffs, but more often than not the unknown is more interesting than the known, and that could play in Wilson’s favor.
At this point it is too early to decipher who will win the job, but if the past has proven anything just because the Raiders traded for him Flynn will not be handed the starting job. However, going off of track record expect Flynn to have the rug pulled out from under him, but this time by Tyler Wilson not Russell.