Could the Raiders have produced a more optimistic offseason storyline if they had lucked into the quarterback they originally were targeting in the 2013 NFL Draft? According to Len Pasquarelli of the National Football Post, the Raiders had planned to "jump on" Matt Barkley with their fourth-round pick, only to watch the Philadelphia Eagles snare the former USC quarterback earlier in the round. Tyler Wilson then joined the Raiders as their "fallback option."
Brandt: A silver lining in Oakland?
The consensus in May was that Matt Flynn might experience deja vu, losing the starting job to a mid-round rookie for a second consecutive summer. That talk has died down, however, with Wilson's play tailing off in June and Raiders coach Dennis Allen anointing Flynn the starter "until the competition dictates otherwise."