Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) leaves the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: The Good, The Bad, and The “Trade Them Now”


December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (85) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown reception during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are out of the gate for the 2013 season. Sprits are high, and emotions are off the chart. Fans are looking forward to the new season in hope of erasing last year’s Titanic debacle.

The draft went well for the Silver and Black, most have commented that it was a parallel move for the trades that GM Reggie McKenzie made. Here are some of the good, the bad, and the “trade them now!”

The good: Players that may have an impact with the Raiders in 2013

Menelik Watson: He provides size and speed, and you never know when Khalif Barnes will have another injury. Plus it seems Barnes is a year-to-year contract player, and you never know his next move. It would be great if Watson could have a year to get some seasoning under his belt. He was the BEST pick for any team when the Raiders took him.

Latavius Murray:  If you watch him on film, he runs in an upright position, exposing most of his body to impact hits from the defense. He runs a lot like Darren McFadden, and brings with him some impressive speed — a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. The Raiders have been without a quality backup since Michael Bush left, so Murray will spell McFadden and fill the backup role nicely.

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The bad: A forewarning for Stacy McGee

An underachiever with a rap sheet. Yes, everyone deserves a second chance, and McGee is getting his. The Raiders are stressing character, and McGee will have to improve his off the field actions, as well as his on the field production. McGee logged only 2.5 sacks throughout his college career, but he has some tools and has played well in big games. However, the Raiders do not need another Rolando McClain.

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The “Trade Them Now” 

Terrelle Pryor: His slow development puts him on the trading block. The one thing that is a concern is: who would want him? What would the Raiders get for him?

Not many teams have a need for QB that hasn’t shown a spark when he has played.  As of now, you don’t see him soaring to the starting QB position for the Raiders.

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On a final note:

Welcome back, Charles Woodson. He may have a little hitch in his giddyup, and a little slide in his glide. He may have lost a fraction of speed, but he will bring leadership and a winning attitude to the Raiders once again. The secondary will have an experienced general on the field to help the younger players find their way when they get lost, because last year, they were lost in space.

The Raider faithful are excited and looking forward to the season opener. It will be a wild sprint to the end.

Remember, you have to crawl before you can walk, walk before you can run, and jog before you can sprint.

The Raiders have taken a positive step in improving from the dismal 2013 season to the more-promising 2013 campaign.

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  • Stanley Carr

    Trade Pryor? If he was that SLOW he would have already been gone!!

    • Blu Spikes

      Pryors foot speed is never the question. It leaderships throwing and being that field general the Raiders have lacked. As I said there are not many if any teams that are reaching out to grab him in a trade.

      • Stanley Carr

        You don’t know that he has one start!!! Think the one time he started he only had a couple days of practice because Allen was gonna start limp dick, he moved d ball, sure he needs to work on things but to trade a 23 year old with that type of upside would be stupid! N just because u haven’t heard of anyone trying to trade for him doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, maybe Reggie told poeple he didn’t want to trade him!

        • Blu Spikes

          Yes, you are correct Pryor has one start in the NFL. ( He couldn’t beat out Carson Palmer) He has played in 3 games, and in the last game of the season in 2012 his only start, his completion percentage was 46.7%. He did throw a 5 yrd TD pass, he ran 3 yrds for a TD and thew a 38 yrd pass for a TD, vs San Diego in a loss. He had no running game to complement his throwing. Neither did Carson Palmer in the latter part of the season. His leadership skills are still questionable, his ability to maintain a drive is still quandry that have to be answered. He has been in the NFL for 4 yrs and by the time your 24 in the NFL you better start showing what you have or you will be traded or cut.

  • Paul Wernquist

    Do you remember Kenny Stabler? How many years was he cut, only to come back and be a team leader? Let’s not be so tough on Pryor just yet. Remember Marajuanachich? He stared in his first game and then where did he end up…oh yeah doing crack in the bathroom in Newport Beach? Patience is a virtue so let’s no be so quick to judge.

    • Blu Spikes

      Stabler was drafted by the Raiders he played for the Shockers of the Contintal league during his first year. ( Al Davis at his best) In his second year he played in 14 games and continued to play for the Raiders until 79 when he was traded to the Houston Oilers and moved to his last team the New Orleans Saints in 82 and played until 1984,
      Fans need to get off the TP bandwagon and hold him accountable for his actions. Either get angry and play with a chip on your shoulder and get better on the practice field or get down the road where someone else can pay you ungodly money for showing up. He has potential but performance is everything. He hasn’t performed on the field.

      Patience, really every raider fan has had patience for the last 11 years, changing coaches, trading good players for bad, and drafting worse players for what, a losing season. Quick to judge you bet, the front office needs to be judged and held accountable. this is a business not a hobby. Let’s win baby, just win, when was the last time the Raiders did that, and alot of it.

  • Reivax Soirreb

    Trade TP would be a mistake. Guy showed leadership and ability to extend plays on his only start. Has way more upside than Flynn.

  • Arteen Zahiri

    Pryor won’t be a successful NFL starting QB. He just doesn’t have the mechanics nor faith from the staff. What he does have is a ton of raw athletic potential. He is arguably the most athletic QB in the NFL (some say Cam Newton). He could be used as an offensive weapon in the NFL, being placed at a variety of positions. Similar to what we have seen from a lot of players (Antwaan Randle El, Armanti Edwards, Denard Robinson, Josh Cribbs, etc). It will be interesting to see how the Raiders plan on using him next season.