Matt Flynn's arm strength questioned

How does Matt Flynn fit in with Raiders?

Matt Flynn's arm strength questioned
June 26, 2013, 2:15 pm
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In 37 career appearances, Matt Flynn has thrown for nine touchdowns and 1,083 yards. (AP)

The Raiders traded for Matt Flynn this offseason after veteran quarterback Carson Palmer refused to take a pay cut. They quickly severed ties with Palmer, dealing him to Arizona in exchange for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.

Now, Oakland is looking to Flynn to take over as their starting quarterback. 

It's a decision that ESPN's Ron Jaworski has little faith in. Jaworski is in the process of releasing his annual rankings of the NFL's 32 starters, and Flynn is at the bottom of the list.

According to Jaworski, Flynn's lack of arm strength is what keeps him from being a legitimate starting quarterback at the NFL level.

"The more throws I watched, the more his arm strength limitations were evident,” said Jaworski.

Flynn has struggled to establish himself as anything more than a backup through this point in his career. Originally drafted by Green Bay in 2008, he spent four seasons with the Packers, throwing for nine touchdowns over that span while backing up Aaron Rodgers. Six of those TD passes were thrown in one game at the end of the 2011 season against Detroit.

When he joined the Seahawks last year, he was the early favorite to win the starting job before rookie Russell Wilson beat him out.

Flynn, who has started just two games in his NFL career, aims to buck this trend and solidify his position as Oakland's No. 1 guy this season.