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Terrelle Pryor Beats Out Matt Flynn as Raiders’ Starting QB

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Terrelle Pryor, thought to be Oakland backup quarterback when the team acquired Matt Flynn, will be the starting quarterback when the Raiders’ season opens Sunday, according to multiple news outlets.

Pryor was the Raiders’ third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft. For “competitive reasons,” Oakland coach Dennis Allen said Monday he would not formally announce a starter at the moment, although Pryor was seen taking snaps by the media with the first-string offense.

With Pryor leading the second-string, the Raiders’ scored 32 points on 14 drives. The team scored just 10 points on 13 drives in the preseason with Flynn playing mostly with starters,.

Flynn, a six-year veteran, will serve as the team’s backup, according to reports. He started only one game since the start of the 2011 season, a 31-of-44 performance in which he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns and one interception while starting for the Green Bay Packers in place of Aaron Rodgers.

On the strength of that game, Flynn earned a contract from the Seattle Seahawks prior to last season, but then-rookie Russell Wilson beat him out. The emergence of Wilson made Flynn expendable and the Seahawks dealt him to Oakland, where again he was presumed to be the team’s Week 1 starter — at least until Monday night.

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Curtis Bunn is national award-winning sports journalist and best-selling novelist who has covered and written about sports' largest events and personalities for more than three decades at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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