Carson Palmer

Matt Leinart: half man-child, half Terrelle Pryor insurance

Matt Leinart is a Raider. He passed his physical and has a one-year deal.

The Raiders’ depth chart at QB now reads: 1. Carson Palmer, 2. Matt Leinart, 3. John David Booty. Just kidding. Replace Booty with Terrelle Pryor.

According to ESPN, “Many around the league believed Pryor had the inside track on the Raiders’ backup quarterback job.” Now Oakland has Leinart.

They also worked out Jim Sorgi, but did anyone actually believe that? Sorgi will probably be a very fine NFL Assistant some day.

As for Pryor, I keep hearing “tight end” associated with his name. I think it’s far too early to write him off as a quarterback, but it’ll be interesting to see him take some snaps in the preseason. As The Sporting News’ Russ Lande wrote before Pryor was taken in last year’s Supplemental Draft:

Athletic ability: Pryor is a special athlete who has consistently shown the ability to make game-changing plays with his arm and legs. His remarkable combination of quickness, athleticism, size and speed enables him to avoid sacks and buy second chances. He can set up quickly and get rid of the ball fast on quick-hitting passes — especially slants. When he scrambles, he has the athleticism to make tacklers miss and the speed to outrun defenders who have the angle on him. He is a legitimate big-play threat every time he takes off with the ball. He is a quicker, more explosive athlete than Tim Tebow or Cam Newton.

But Lande also wrote the following in that very same scouting report:

Pryor is a raw quarterback who needs to greatly improve his accuracy if he is ever going to become a quality starting QB in the NFL. Of the 40 quarterbacks I have charted over the past four years, Pryor’s accuracy ranked 36th out of 40. He needs to stride into and follow through on his passes more consistently in order to improve his accuracy.

If Pryor can throw some pinpoint passes this summer and fall, he may give Leinart some competition for the No. 2 spot. If not, maybe we’ll find out another reason why the Raiders cut Kevin Boss (besides the need to cut costs and/or Boss’ dip in production compared to his previous two seasons with the New York Giants), and Rhett Bomar will get a shot to be the third-stringer after all.

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