Oakland Raiders: Terrelle Pryor Falling Behind

By Jonathan Comeaux
Terrelle Pryor
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“There’s still a lot of improvement that he needs to make. He’s got a great athletic skill set, but still some of the finer points of playing the quarterback position are still some of the things that he’s got to continue to get better at,” Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

With Allen affirming on May 29 that Matt Flynn will be the teams starting QB and that Tyler Wilson is performing well in OTA’s, it seems that Pryor is quickly getting buried in the Raiders depth chart. Even undrafted rookie free-agent Matt McGloin has made a “huge impression” to Oakland’s staff, according to Chris Mortensen.

Allen went on to credit Pryor’s work ethic and vowed to still “give him opportunities to showcase his skills.” Regardless, his struggles with accuracy in non-contact drills are a definite red flag, especially with Flynn, Wilson and McGloin showing their worth.

The Contra Costa Times reported that Pryor’s passes looked “wobbly and off the mark,” and that he exuded no signs of becoming a franchise caliber quarterback.

Only being 23 years old, time is on the college standout’s side. However, with two rookie quarterbacks on roster and Flynn only being 27, his time with the Raiders will ultimately come into question.

Recollecting back to 2011, Pryor ran a forty-yard dash time in a 4.30 range. Originally he had turned down any notion of him playing wide receiver at the pro level. With Joe Webb of the Minnesota Vikings heading to WR, it’s very realistic seeing Pryor potentially heading to the receiver position as well.

With his speed and big body, the idea sells.

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