AFC West: Mario Kurn

Apparently, Jaws is not a big believer in the Raiders’ decision to trade for Matt Flynn. ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski has Flynn ranked No. 32 of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

Flynn was slightly more highly regarded a year ago. Last June, Jaworski ranked Flynn No. 27.

He went from Green Bay to Seattle to be a starter. But he lost the job to rookie Russell Wilson in the preseason.

This spring, Oakland traded for Flynn after Carson Palmer balked at a pay cut. Palmer was traded to Arizona after the Raiders picked up Flynn.

Flynn is 28 and he has started just two NFL games. His arm strength has been questioned. I don’t expect Flynn to light the NFL on fire. I do think the Raiders can get by with him for the short term and since he wasn’t overly expensive, it’s not a terribly risky venture.

If Jaworski is right and Flynn plays like the No. 32 starting quarterback in the NFL, then we may soon see rookie Tyler Wilson or Terrelle Pryor get a chance to breathe life into Oakland’s offense.

In other AFC West notes:

San Diego linebacker Manti Te’o talked about what he is learning at the NFL Rookie Symposium in this video.

The Raiders waived linebacker Mario Kurn. He was on injured reserve all of last year.
D.J. Williams could have more trouble with the NFL.

Already facing a six-game ban from the league to start the season for using banned substance, the Denver linebacker was found guilty of driving while ability impaired and driving without his headlights on.

He was being tried stemming from a November, 2010 arrest for driving under the influence. The charge he was convicted on is a lesser alcohol related driving offense. Williams pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in Colorado in 2005.

The league could potentially suspended Williams independently of his other suspension after this conviction. According to the Denver Post, Williams faces a minimum of 10 days and up to one year in jail, a fine amount of $600 to $1,500 and 48 to 120 hours of community service.

In other AFC West news:
  • The Chargers’ home game against Dallas on Saturday will be blacked out on local television because not enough tickets were sold.
  • Oakland coach Dennis Allen said starting linebacker Aaron Curry is still getting knee treatments in Los Angeles and he is expected to be back with the team next week. Curry has missed all of camp. If he is not ready to practice next week, I’d think his chances of playing in Week 1 would be severely hampered. Rookie Miles Burris would likely start for Curry if that is the case.
  • CSN California reports the Raiders have waived/injured receiver Duke Calhoun and linebacker Mario Kurn. That is a procedural move to put the players on the injured reserve. It would be a shock if either player is claimed. They both recently suffered major knee injuries.
  • Denver coach John Fox said defensive end Jason Hunter will be out for four months with a triceps tear. Thus, he might miss the entire season. Hunter overtook former first-round pick Robert Ayers this summer for the starting job. Ayers will likely get the chance to re-take the job.
  • The Raiders reportedly visited with rookie defensive tackle Myles Wade. If he’s signed, it’d be for potential depth reasons.
The Oakland Raiders announced their undrafted rookie class Thursday. Most of the signings have been reported, but the team made it official. Here is the list, via a teams statement:

Conroy Black (6-foot-0, 185 pounds), CB, Utah: Played two years at Utah after transferring from Fullerton College. Earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a senior after recording four interceptions to tie for the Pac-12 lead.

Kaelin Burnett (6-4, 234), LB, Nevada: Played at Nevada after transferring from Delta State, seeing action at both linebacker and defensive end. In final season at Nevada, recorded 30 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss.

Derek Carrier (6-4, 238), WR, Beloit: Played at Beloit, establishing school records with 189 career receptions for 3,111 yards and 29 touchdowns. Also set a single-season school record with 75 catches for 1,250 yards as a senior.

Brandon Carswell (6-1, 201), WR, USC: Native of the San Francisco Bay Area town of Milpitas, Calif., had 40 career receptions for 386 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans. Played in all 12 games as a senior, totaling 18 catches for 153 yards and one touchdown.

Dominique Hamilton (6-5, 313), DT, Missouri: Named All-Big 12 by the media for his senior season, which he finished with 50 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 2.5 sacks.

Aaron Henry (6-0, 208), S, Wisconsin: Played four years at Wisconsin, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches as a senior. Started all 14 games in final college season, recording four interceptions.

Marquette King (6-0, 192), P, Fort Valley State: As a senior, punted 60 times for 2,582 yards and recorded an 80-yard punt in the HBCU Bowl. Averaged 43.3 yards per punt and ranked No. 13 in the nation in net yardage.

Dan Knapp (6-5, 304), T, Arizona State: Started all 13 games as a senior. Made transition from tight end to offensive line after sophomore season.

Mario Kurn (6-2, 238), LB, San Diego: Appeared in 11 games as a senior and totaled 12.5 sacks. Named AP FCS second-team All-American and earned All-Pioneer Football League first-team honors.

Thomas Mayo (6-2, 205), WR, California (Pa.): Transferred to California (Pa.) for senior season after beginning college career at Concord University. Led team with 79 receptions for 1,359 yards and 16 touchdowns en route to Division II All-America honors.

Lucas Nix (6-5, 317), G, Pittsburgh: Played both guard and tackle in four seasons at Pittsburgh. Started eight contests at right guard as a senior and made 13 starts at both right guard and right tackle as a junior.

Chaz Powell (6-1, 207), S, Penn State: Played both wide receiver and cornerback at Penn State, finishing his career with 30 receptions for 403 yards and 54 tackles with two interceptions. Also averaged 25.6 yards per kickoff return, with two touchdowns.

Rod Streater (6-3, 200), WR, Temple: Played two seasons at Temple after transferring from Alfred State. As a senior, totaled 18 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns and had 30 receptions for 481 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.



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