Matt Leinart is coming to Oakland, likely as the backup quarterback, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The move makes sense, given the Raiders’ depth at the position and Leinart having been in the Houston Texans’ system last season with current Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp having been quarterbacks coach there last year.
It also makes sense because it’s way too early to tell if Terrelle Pryor, last year’s acquisition with a third-round supplemental pick, is anywhere close to being an option to back up Carson Palmer.
At the Raiders’ first voluntary minicamp, general manager Reggie McKenzie said it was important for Pryor to get some work to see how far along he is in terms of development.
During an interview with 95.7 The Game Friday, coach Dennis Allen deflected the question about Pryor’s standing as a potential backup, saying it was only important that he get better every day.
Given Pryor’s suspension upon signing last season and his arrival on the final day of training camp in Napa, he is essentially a rookie this season.
It lessens the likelihood that McKenzie will be looking for another quarterback Saturday with the final four selections of the Oakland draft.