As fans know, the Oakland Raiders outlook for the 2013 season is pretty bleak at this point in time. Throughout training camp, it has seemed that Matt Flynn may have nailed down the starting gig. That was until Friday night’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
Lets be straight, Flynn stunk it up. He completed 3-of-6 passes for only 19 yards. What was most impressionable was his two interceptions on the night. One was what seemed to be miscommunication with Denarius Moore, throwing it to the wrong shoulder. The other was an inexplicable throw into triple coverage over the middle. What was most evident was that it was thrown significantly behind the intended target and that the ball seemed to die, despite it only being a 15-yard pass.
Another play that stood out to me, was when Flynn fumbled a snap during his first-quarter debacle. Flynn was bad enough to get pulled in his only quarter of play. It was disastrous. In my opinion, Flynn lost the job on that play.
Then Terrelle Pryor came in. Pryor, now back in his college No. 2, looked incredible. He showed he can navigate the pocket midst a pass-rush, make throws on the run, make accurate throws on the intermediate level and make plays with his legs.
Pryor finished the day completing 7-of-9 pass attempts for 93 yards and one touchdown without an interception. Pryor also went for 37 rushing yards, including a 25-yard touchdown scramble. His 19-yard back-shoulder touchdown connection to Nick Kasa made it clear that Pryor deserves to at least start the Raiders’ final preseason game.
I couldn’t have left more impressed with Pryor. The touchdown pass couldn’t have been thrown better to the back shoulder. Pryor wasn’t perfect on the night, though. He had a high pass that almost was picked off and a couple of times he could have thrown the ball away, but it’s easy to see how high Pryor’s ceiling is.
While I do believe Flynn could succeed in a specific system, the versatility that Pryor brings to the table is plain to see. With a faulty offensive line, a player with the poise to extend a play seems like the best option for this team.
Pryor has shown this preseason he has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, I’m hoping the staff sees it too.