Matt Flynn is solidifying his role as starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders one year after losing that same job in training camp in Seattle.
Flynn entered camp with the inside track over Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson to replace Carson Palmer in Oakland, and nothing during the first week of camp has changed that equation.
It’s a far cry from what happened to Flynn a year ago in Seattle, where he went from coveted offseason free-agent acquisition with a $26 million contract to backing up a third-round pick in a matter of weeks at training camp.
With Russell Wilson set as starter in Seattle, Flynn was traded to Oakland in the offseason and has done his best to hold onto this opportunity to start in the NFL.
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“I took away a lot of things from Seattle last year,” Flynn said Tuesday. “But the thing that I took away the most was that I want this even more now, even more this year. I’m blessed to have another opportunity at this, and I’ll try to take advantage of it and do as much as I can to not let it get away from me.”
Flynn has been the most impressive of the three quarterbacks so far in training camp, with the most accurate arm, a good grasp of the offense and strong leadership on the field.
“I’m going in there and trying to be the best quarterback out here, trying to be the best quarterback for this team and help this team win as best I can,” Flynn said.
“I’m coming in here every day with my hard hat on, trying to prepare.”
RUGBY PLAYER CAN HIT
Daniel Adongo has never played a down of American football, he has watched only a few games on television, and he tends to fidget with his helmet.
Somehow, the Indianapolis Colts found this muscle-bound 6-foot-5, 257-pound athlete on the rugby fields of Africa and decided to give him a shot at making an NFL roster.
“The biggest thing is to be patient with myself and allow myself to have a good learning curve and build myself up,” Adongo said.
The Colts are still trying to figure out where he fits best. Adongo believes linebacker is the most logical place to start, given the combination of size, speed and aggression required to excel in rugby. If that doesn’t work out, maybe he’ll get a chance at defensive end or tight end or fullback.
Texans safety Ed Reed isn’t making any promises that he’ll be ready to go Sept. 9 against San Diego. … Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams returned to training camp after missing two days of practice because of a sore foot. … Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hasn’t shown any signs of trouble after having a cyst removed from his back. … Houston signed free agent linebacker Joe Mays. … Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall has sprained ligaments in his right ankle and could miss the rest of training camp. … Colts offensive lineman Khaled Holmes was carted off the field with a right ankle injury. … Cowboys safety Barry Church is finished with Jolly Ranchers after missing a day of training camp to get a root canal after chipping a tooth on a cherry-flavored one.