If this story seems all too familiar for Matt Flynn, well, it is.
While Flynn sits on the bench and rests a sore elbow Thursday night, Terrelle Pryor will get his opportunity to earn the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job when they close out the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks.
It's almost the exact scenario as a year ago when Flynn entered training camp with the Seahawks expected to be their No. 1 quarterback, only to see Russell Wilson race past him on the depth chart and nab the starting nod.
Now, Flynn will be stuck as a spectator watching if Pryor can close out an impressive preseason and solidify his case that he should be the starter when they open the season at Indianapolis.
"I'm going to keep showing the coaches what I can do good and keep getting better at the things that I'm not doing so good at, and that's something that I can clean up on and get better at,'' Pryor said. "That's the thing, I'm definitely not all the way there in terms of the playbook and in terms of just being a quarterback out there. I'm learning still. Don't get me wrong, I can lead if I was called upon to do it. I'm just out there getting better and trying to get in synch with the guys.''
Flynn thought when he got his freedom from backup duty in Seattle after his trade to Oakland during the offseason that he'd finally be a starter. That was supposed to be the case when he signed with the Seahawks during the 2012 offseason as the biggest free agent quarterback not named Peyton Manning. That was also before the Seahawks drafted Wilson in the third round and watched him earn the starting job through a dynamic preseason that was validated in the regular season when he led Seattle to 11 wins and a road playoff victory.
Flynn was slowed during the 2012 preseason by a sore elbow and the same problem could be at the root of what gives Pryor his chance to solidify the job.
"We've gotten a lot of time to evaluate that position. When you look at OTAs, when you look at the mini-camps, when you look at what we've been through in training camp, the three preseason games we've played already, I don't think that's necessarily going to make that decision any more difficult,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I think there's been some competition. I think both of them at times have done some really good things. Both of them have done some things that need improving. That's really where we're at with the quarterback position.''
Flynn has not been bad during the preseason and has played with and against starters. He's completing 70 percent of his passes, but threw two awful interceptions last week against Chicago and has been sacked seven times. Playing against mostly backups, Pryor is completely only 58 percent, but has avoided the sacks and has brought an added element with his ability to run. Pryor goes into the final preseason game as the Raiders' second-leading rusher with 83 yards rushing and their only touchdown on the ground.
Fans were chanting for Pryor last week in Oakland while Flynn struggled. Pryor said his emotions were mixed hearing the calls.
"Obviously you want to be on the field and play, but you also have feelings for a guy that you're in a room with,'' Pryor said. "I'm in meeting room with the guy 13, 14 hours of a day. I didn't think they went about it the right way. I went in and they got what they wanted, but I thought it could have been a better way, not booing him and stuff like that.''
While Pryor's chance at the Raiders' QB job will be the focus, Wilson is likely to only make a cameo appearance as the Seahawks prepare for the opener at Carolina. Wilson played into the second half last week at Green Bay, and despite throwing a pair of interceptions was pleased with his performance and what Seattle's offense accomplished.
The priority for Seattle is cleaning up a penalty problem that has seen it flagged 34 times in three preseason games.
"I think the biggest thing is being really disciplined with our offense and making sure that we don't get any more penalties,'' Wilson said. "I think that's our No. 1 thing, our No. 1 focus.''
If this story seems all too familiar for Matt Flynn, well, it is.
'Twice as Nice'
When it comes to the 3A State Tournament and Oklahoma City, the Verdigris High School basketball teams are a household name.
Head coaches Randy Upshaw and Mike Buntin lead their programs back to the 'Capitol City' this week for a chance to hoist the coveted 3A state championship on Saturday night at the Big House.
Cards fly into 3A State Tournament
Verdigris junior guard Cade Upshaw lives for March Madness.
The 5-foot-10 sharp-shooter overcame a sluggish performance in a loss to Tahlequah Sequoyah to bounce back for a 20-point outing in the Cardinals’ 72-42 win over Antlers Saturday evening in the Class 3A Area Tournament at Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Vinita eliminates Inola
Vinita used an 18-point third quarter — highlighted by the sophomore leadership of Carsyn Spurgeon — and converted 21-of-34 free throws to notch a 61-55 win over the Inola Lady Longhorns Saturday night in the Class 4A Area Tournament.
‘Soaring to State’
In the hometown of Carrie Underwood, Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell proved to be Oklahoma’s ‘Basketball Idol’ in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
The 5-foot-8 floor general put the No. 4-ranked Lady Cardinals on her shoulders and carried Verdigris back to the the state tournament with the 53-40 win over No. 5 Tahlequah Sequoyah Friday night in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Stilwell advances to State
A jam-packed, vocal crowd — aided by the control of several Claremore Police officers — witnessed Stilwell’s come-from-behind 57-51 win over Harrah Saturday night in the must-win game of the Class 4A Area Tournament at the Claremore High School Gymnasium.
MLB: Furcal mounting comeback with Miami Marlins
Coming off surgery to his throwing elbow, Rafael Furcal showed the Miami Marlins he can still deliver a sales pitch.
After sitting out the 2013 season, the 36-year-old infielder met last fall with Marlins executives Mike Hill and Dan Jennings and convinced them he could be their second baseman this year.
NFL: Redskins, Cowboys released from salary cap jail
When the Washington Redskins were placed in salary cap jail by the NFL, Kedric Golston had to say goodbye to his best friend on the team.
For the past two years, the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys - otherwise rivals to the bitter end in the NFC East - have been constrained by a much-disputed ruling limiting how much money they could spend on players.
NFL: Jets release WR Santonio Holmes after 4 seasons
Tone Time is over for the New York Jets.
The Jets parted ways with wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, cutting the talented but injury-plagued playmaker after four seasons.
The move, which had been expected, saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season. He was also scheduled to have a $10.75 million cap number, a lofty total for a one-time Super Bowl MVP who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency the last two seasons.
NFL: Seattle re-signs DE Michael Bennett
Free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is returning to Seattle after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
Terms of the contract were not immediately available on Monday. Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle.
High School Basketball State Tournament Brackets
The Oklahoma High School Basketball State Tournaments will get under way this week in Oklahoma City and the Tulsa-Metro Area.
Below is a listing of the Class 3A-6A State Tournament Pairings.
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