After an impressive performance against the Chicago Bears on Friday night, Terrelle Pryor may have supplanted the Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback gig from Matt Flynn.
If the game itself wasn’t enough evidence, Scott Bair of CSN reports that Pryor took snaps with the first team during practice on Sunday, just before the media window closed.
Pryor has definitely made the most of his opportunity, while Flynn has struggled in the two preseason games thus far. On Friday, Flynn completed three of six passes for 19 yards and threw two interceptions while playing nearly the entire first half. Meanwhile, Pryor was seven of nine for 93 yards, throwing for a touchdown and running for another. He also made a spectacular play in the third quarter, eluding several pass rushers to turn a sack into a 19-yard gain.
Head coach Dennis isn’t quite ready to name a starter just yet, but did praise Pryor after the game.
“I think when you look at it I don’t think Matt played well in this game,” he said. “Obviously, I thought Terrelle came in and gave us a spark. I thought he played well in the game. I think that’s something that we have to go and look at it. I’m not going to make any decisions on anything, obviously, tonight. I want to get a chance to go back and look at the tape and see how things went. But it was obvious that Terrelle gave us a little bit of a spark tonight.”
He gave enough of a spark to earn first team reps, which may be the first step towards landing the starting job.