Terrelle Pryor Will Start For Oakland Raiders Thursday, Menelik Watson At Left Tackle

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Terrelle Pryor willl be starting for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday in their fourth and final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, and 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson is going to see his first action this preseason, as the starting left tackle.

The man who once had a firm grip on the starting job in Oakland, Matt Flynn, is suffering from tendonitis that bothered him last year while with the Seattle Seahawks, and he’ll be rested on Thursday. Coach Dennis Allen downplayed Flynn’s absence, but it’s hard to imagine Pryor hadn’t already earned a chance to start with his strong preseason.

Pryor has displayed daring, exciting and effective quarterback play when given the opportunity. He practiced with the first-team offense on Sunday, and Thursday’s game will be his first getting extensive reps with the first unit, or against a first-team defense.

Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com broke the news online, and using tweets.

 

   


Watson only played 12 games in college at Florida State, all of them at right tackle. Every scouting report seemed to agree he has all the tools, although he’s very raw, but Alex Barron has played so poorly at left tackle since Jared Veldheer’s injury the rookie is going to get a shot to impress.

Pryor’s dynamic performance against the Chicago Bears, coming after an embarrassing showing by Flynn, seemed to remove any remaining doubt about who should be starting for the Oakland Raiders in 2013.

The quarterback competition isn’t over — but the job may have become Terrelle Pryor’s to lose.

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