Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) goes to the ground in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated Oakland 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Why Fans Need to Calm Down About Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor is a bit of an enigma.

When the Raiders drafted him in the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, they weren’t quite sure what they were getting.

Two years later, they are in a similar position.

Pryor threw for nine yards on 1-of-5 passing and had 15 rushing yards during the Raiders’ preseason loss to the Saints, yet somehow fans continue to hype him up as the next best thing. Why is that so?

Look, we all know that Pryor can run the football. There is no question about it. Look at any of his college highlight reels during his time at Ohio State, and you will see that the former Buckeye has long had the ability to make plays with his legs. But it’s a different story in the NFL. You must be able to pass efficiently.

Even the most mobile quarterbacks in the NFL today can throw effectively. Look at Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton. If Pryor wants to be next in line to those guys, he must work on his mechanics.

“…his throwing accuracy is so poor and the Raiders’ overall talent so thin that it’s hard to imagine the best-case scenario happening for Pryor”, said ESPN about the young quarterback.

The Raiders acquired Matt Flynn this offseason, and it seems that he will take over the helm of the Raiders offense. He has the most experience under his belt and his fundamentals and throwing mechanics seem to be the best on the team. Flynn must have learned a lot while playing under the legendary Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, as every player should take full advantage of being able to learn from one of the best.

My point is, Pryor has a ton of potential. He’s explosive, he’s got the athleticism and the work ethic, but he still has parts of his game that he needs to prove. I would love to see Pryor take over the reins of the Raiders’ offense, but only after he is as established as he needs to be. He has work to do, but the starting role is still definitely attainable for the youngster.



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  • Stanley Carr

    Flynn sucks…

  • Eugene Yamamoto

    People like Pryor because he is a playmaker. With the state of our offensive line we need pryors mobility. If we had the offensive line that Flynn played behind in his two green bay starts and the experienced receivers that greenbay had, flynn might be a good fit, but we don’t. Given our position and at best hodgepodge offensive line at least pryor can keep defense off balance with his running. I say bring this throwing coach Haus in, let him keep working on Pryors mechanics and play Pryor. Flynn just looks like a back up.

  • Alexander Alvarado

    “most experience under his belt and his fundamentals and throwing mechanics seem to be the best on the team.” so this entire article is based on him being a backup longer…and his one extra game over Pryor? I’m a Raiders fan and want to see the best players on the field giving it their all…I don’t see Flynn as our best player at QB

  • Scoobz

    All you guys say you want Pryor but his time is not now. If it doesn’t happen now eventually he’ll get traded then we’ll really see how great he could be. ON ANOTHER TEAM! Happens all the time. His time is now and we need to see what he can do. If it doesn’t work out then put in the greatest backup in the history of the NFL to back him up. Not sure where you guys are seeing all this experience come from. The guy only started one more game then Pryor.

  • bill kush

    Flynn maybe the better pocket passer but we see how good the Raiders line is at protecting. It will only be a matter of time & Flynn is gonna get rocked again & get hurt & than they will need Pryor & his running style. Either way it’s only a matter of time before Pryor will get his chance.