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

Terrelle Pryor is starting for Oakland. (Jared Wickerham / GETTY IMAGES)

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.

Topics: Featured Popular, Matt Flynn, Menelik Watson, Oakland Raiders, Terrelle Pryor

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  • Al_Uno

    About time,

  • Ricky Bobby

    Beware of DA NATIONERS, DA is trying to set TP up for fail!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.schroeder.161 Chris Schroeder

    Pryor can’t fail in this game. If he can’t move the ball it’s because he was going against the 2nd ranked Defense in the NFL and nobody wins in Seattle but the birds. If he gets 1 TD in the first quarter, then he will be the raiders starting QB no question. If the raiders win a miricle game then Flynn might as well take his money and run. Either way, the expectation for the raiders are low so any scoring from Pryor will make the nation rise up out the their seats and scream for Pryor until DA’s ears blead.

    CAN’T WAIT TIL FRIDAY!!!

    • Ricky Bobby

      Then u will miss the game. It is Thurs.

  • Tim Martindale

    It won’t matter Allen is so stupid no matter what Pryor does he will start Flynn week 1

  • Gregg Brennan

    “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” You can get elbow tendonitis from holding a clipboard?