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Oakland Raiders Matt Leinart
Starter: Carson Palmer
6-5 / 236, 10 yrs NFL Experience
Backup: Matt Leinart
6-5 / 227, 7 yrs NFL Experience
Carson Palmer is coming off a fresh offseason with Oakland’s new West Coast offense playbook in his hands. A new offense which includes new zone-blocking schemes and terminology.
Typically, this position is the biggest drop off for any team that is unlucky enough to have their quarterback go down to injury. If that happens in Oakland, there is a higher level of comfort with Matt Leinart on the roster.
Matt Leinart reunites with Greg Knapp, his former quarterbacks coach for the past two years from the Houston Texans. Leinart strongly believes that he regained his confidence as a quarterback thanks to Knapp’s continued positive attitude and emphasis on reducing mental errors.
Other journalists also believe Leinart is a wise choice as Carson Palmer's backup. CNNSI columnist Peter King believes Leinart will be "one of the best insurance policies in the NFL" this season.
Leinart’s familiarity with Greg Knapp’s system and years of experience make him the best backup Oakland has had at the position in years.