He surely did not set the stat sheet on fire, but Terrelle Pryor may have done enough to nail down the starting quarterback job for the Oakland Raiders on Friday night. Pryor only completed three passes on eight attempts for 31 yards. He also threw an interception, finishing with an abysmal 9.9 quarterback rating as he played the entire first half in the Raiders’ final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. The passing numbers are far from impressive, but Pryor did lead two scoring drives and he rushed for 48 yards on three carries.
The fourth preseason game is mostly played by backups fighting for a spot on the roster. This game was no different. Many of the starters for both teams either sat the entire game or saw very limited playing time. All three Seattle quarterbacks were impressive. Russell Wilson completed all three passes he threw for 68 yards in his only offensive series. Tavaris Jackson then took over and led the Seahawks to three scoring drives passing for 119 yards on 12 completions. Brady Quinn took over for the second half and led the Seahawks’ offense to two drives resulting in field goals. Kicker Steven Hauschka was a very busy man going 5-for-5 in field goals, including a 56-yarder in the 1st quarter.
The Seahawks were the better team, but the story of the night was Pryor trying to prove himself as a starting NFL quarterback. Heading into training camp, the starting job seemed to be all but locked up by Matt Flynn. But he struggled throughout the preseason which has opened up the door for Pryor. Flynn did not play Friday night due to a sore elbow, allowing Pryor to showcase his talents one more time before the Raiders make their decision. Pryor has been fairly impressive this preseason. He has shown an ability to make plays with both his arm and his legs. Friday night was disappointing, but he still has a good chance to be the starter for the Raiders in their first regular season game.
Pryor has the athletic ability to be a dangerous weapon. The question is whether he has enough consistency in the passing game to be an NFL quarterback. It will be interesting to see what the Raiders do. This team is going nowhere fast. The defense is bad, and with the injury to Jared Veldheer the offensive line is terrible. They severely lack playmakers on offense, and Pryor is a big unknown. He has huge potential and nobody knows how he will turn out unless he gets a chance.
The Raiders severely need another playmaker, and with his big-time potential, I think they might as well see what they have in Pryor. I am sure there will be some bumps in the road like Friday night, but if Pryor improves as a passer, the sky is the limit. The Raiders simply do not have the talent to compete this season. This is a rebuilding team that will struggle. Let’s be honest, what do they have to lose?