- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Assessing the Oakland Raiders’ backup QB situation if Carson Palmer is injured and misses time.
Familiarity is a big deal for backup quarterbacks, and that is a strong positive for Matt Leinart. He has a close bond with Palmer after backing him up at USC, and Leinart played for new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Houston. However, he has never shown aptitude as an NFL starter, so the Raiders could be in trouble if Palmer has to miss significant time. Leinart, who has struggled to stay healthy, is 8-10 as a starter in his career. The Raiders also have second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He has an uphill battle to overtake Leinart as the backup this season.
Confidence rating (out of 100) if Palmer is out for extended period: 35.