The NFL is suffering from a drought of competent quarterbacks all over, but the Oakland Raiders might have it worst. The San Francisco Chronicle declared it duck season, referring to the wobbly “wounded duck” passes that proliferated during the three-day mandatory minicamp that ended Tuesday. Two of these poultry throws, both by Matt Flynn, were the only completed passes of the entire workout, and they only succeeded because receivers leaped over the defense to catch them.
The Raiders are auditioning three quarterbacks for the starting position, each of them pathetic and inept in his own way. Flynn seems to lack power in his throws, sending slow lobs directly into the defense, who bat them away like bored cats. Terrelle Pryor has acknowledged that his accuracy and agility are works in progress, with many of his attempts soaring into empty stretches of the field. Rookie Tyler Wilson has promise, but coaches say he’s still in a college mindset, not yet strategizing at a professional level.
Press conferences brought predictable platitudes: it’s still early in the season, and this team full of new players hasn’t gelled yet. But the Bay Area press is already cautioning fans to keep their expectations tiny. Some players certainly are. Linebacker Sio Moore, one of the Raiders’ few current rays of sunshine, showed up to his news conference in Spongebob Squarepants Pajamas, sending a silly but unambiguous message about the level at which his team is playing.
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