Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that Matt Flynn is "our starting quarterback as we go forward right now and until the competition dictates otherwise, that's where we're going." Rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson has drawn rave reviews in practice, but considering the Raiders signed Flynn to a contract worth more than $5 million per season last month, he is obviously the favorite to start in Week 1 at Indianapolis.
Allen isn't one to pump up rookies too often, but he has taken a liking to rookie running back Latavius Murray
"Probably the thing that's been most impressive is that he's picked up everything offensively from a schematic standpoint, assignment wise," Allen said of Murray, via the Contra Costa Times. "He's done a great job. He's done a nice job in pass protection. That's one of the things you see with young backs that they struggle with at times."
The Raiders are still pretty thin at WR, so Flynn, even with some job security, is probably a QB3 in 12-team leagues. In case you were wondering, Terrelle Pryor hasn't made enough progress as a passer to be thought of a starting QB.
Murray is a player I love, and not just because he went to my alma mater. He is big and fast -- 6-foot-3, 223 pounds and ran a 4.38-40 at his pro day -- and he runs hard. Plus, he can help out in the passing game. He was totally underutilized at UCF, spending most of his time as part of a timeshare with much less impressive runners such as Brynn Harvey and Ronnie Weaver. I think the Raiders see how talented Murray is, and he could very well be Darren McFadden's handcuff, surpassing Rashad Jennings , by September. That means he should be starting by October, right?