ALAMEDA -- General manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen anointed Matt Flynn the presumptive starting quarterback, if for no other reason that he is the Raiders' most-seasoned option.
Even so, McKenzie and Allen are quick to point out that Flynn is the leading candidate to replace traded veteran Carson Palmer only as of now. They aren't ruling out the prospect of third-year player Terrelle Pryor or rookie Tyler Wilson bypassing Flynn.
Few people give Pryor a legitimate shot at making the huge leap from third-stringer to starter in one season. Pryor said Tuesday that he doesn't get caught up in the speculation.
"That talk is nonsense," Pryor said. "It doesn't matter right now, as long as we're helping each other, we're getting better and building team chemistry. ... Right now, not knowing who the starting quarterback is going to be and who's getting talked about, that's the thing that's not very important."
Flynn arrived via trade with the Seattle Seahawks on the day the Raiders traded Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals.
He started only two games in his first five NFL seasons, four with the Green Bay Packers, when McKenzie was in the front office. Pryor has started only one game during his two NFL seasons.
All three candidates are hopeful of taking over for Palmer and carving out a long-term role.
Pryor is a noted hard worker who rarely takes a day off. To that end, his work day routinely lasts well beyond when others call it a day.
"It's all about how much you study, and I study a good bit, about two hours a night after going home," Pryor said.
He struggled completing passes Tuesday during the first practice of the Raiders three-day mini camp, but he walked away pleased with the way he commanded the huddle, the protection calls and his footwork.