Matt Flynn reportedly struggling on passes more than 25 yards
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn is the favorite to win the starting quarterback position out of training camp. After proving he was a more than capable backup in Green Bay, Flynn went to Seattle where he was never really given a chance. His opportunity should come this season, but will he be limited to mostly short passes?
On Wednesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Flynn is having trouble throwing the ball beyond 25 yards and that the Raiders are adjusting accordingly.
Flynn just not going to have success throwing longer than 25 yards, been clear all camp. Coaches have accepted that
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 14, 2013
He clarified his comment by saying that the playbook has been noticeably heavy on short passes. Despite the apparent struggles with the deep ball, Tafur said Flynn has the edge over Pryor, who had a rough day on Tuesday.
While it would be unwise to read too much into training camp performances, it is is surprising to hear that a guy who lit up the Detroit Lions for 480 yards and six touchdowns back in 2011 cannot throw the ball down the field. The Raiders need some stability at quarterback. If there is no threat of the deep ball, it could be tough to achieve that.