When the Raiders signed Matt Leinart this offseason, most assumed he’d be the primary backup to Carson Palmer rather than Terrelle Pryor. Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was Leinart’s quarterback coach in Houston last year. However, according to the Contra Costa Times, the backup quarterback job is still wide open and that Pryor will have a chance to win the job if he impresses in Training Camp.
Pryor was the final draft pick ever by Al Davis and he was the prototypical Davis player: tall, strong, fast and with an attitude. However, after Davis passed and a new regime came in, Pryor lost his biggest supporter. The new regime and coaching staff may give Pryor every chance to win the backup job, but they won’t give him special treatment if he doesn’t perform well like they might have if Davis was still around. My money is still on Leinart.