Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is trying desperately to revitalize his football career and upstart his tenure in the NFL, which began very differently than the way he expected. After being suspended from the Ohio State Buckeyes football team for the first five games of his senior season, he decided to enter the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft and forgo his final year of eligibility. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell decided to make sure Pryor was still punished by suspending him for the first five games of the 2011 NFL season, so he played his first two preseason games with the Raiders this month.
After a 8/15, 50-yard, one-interception performance against the Dallas Cowboys‘ third-string defense and a 2/3, 9-yard performance against the Arizona Cardinals‘ scrubs, Pryor’s latest comment is a little premature.
“The suspension really screwed me,” he said. “The way I came out of college and my mistakes screwed me. But right now, I’m in a good place because I’m learning from the best and I’m only going to get better, a lot better. If I can just keep on figuring out this progression thing and having my internal clock running with my feet, I can be good. I can be great.”
Nothing against Carson Palmer, but he hasn’t been called “the best” since his college days with the USC Trojans. Pryor will undoubtedly get better because he sure can’t get any worse. To be fair, though, he doesn’t have any experience and he certainly wasn’t prepared for the NFL in Jim Tressel‘s simplified high school offense at Ohio State that just called for him to take a split-second glance downfield and then run. Still, to say “I can be great” is nothing short of absurd at this point.