The Oakland Raiders have had their issues throughout the 2012 National Football League season and with Carson Palmer out this week, the team has turned to Terrelle Pryor to start the final game of the year. Pryor has thrown all of two passes in his two years in the league but this sounds like a move that is being done to see if Pryor can be like the other running quarterbacks that have come into the league over the last two years. It is a move that could signal a change in Oakland for 2013 as well.
Pryor has the ability to be a lot like Cam Newton or Robert Griffin III but hasn’t fully lived up to his expectations after being picked in the third round of the supplemental draft. I’m going to be paying very close attention to what Pryor does on Sunday just to see if he has any sort of career in the NFL or the Raiders would consider having Pryor being their starter when next season begins.
It is a great plan to have Pryor start in an obvious audition for the 2013 season and I commend Oakland for throwing Pryor out there to see what he can do. There are other teams that should do the same thing with their young backups to see what they have before it’s too late. Pryor could easily throw for over 150 yards and run for another 50-60 which wouldn’t be a terrible first start of his NFL career. The biggest question will come after the game though and what happens to Pryor then.
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