MATT LEINART TERRELLE PRYOR
Backup QBMatt Leinart vs. Terrelle PryorTale of the tape:Leinart: 7th season, 6-5, 227, USC
Pryor: 2nd season, 6-6, 230, Ohio State
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Honestly, there should be no camp battle here. The backup spot is earmarked for Leinart, who comes in armed with intimate knowledge of newreturning offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's version of the West Coast offense having spent the past two seasons with Knapp in Houston. In fact, the left-handed Leinart has served as a mentor, of sorts, for both starter Carson Palmer and Pryor in learning the scheme's nuances. Pryor, Al Davis' final draft pick, remains an intriguing prospect, what with his blend of athleticism, unique skill set and work ethic. He Tweeted on Thursday, though, that his father had passed away and if he misses any significant part of camp that could put him further behind Leinart. Still, each offers a significantly different package for the Raiders should Palmer ever go down.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.