Terrelle Pryor will be the Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Pryor will be the starter when the Raiders take on the Colts next Sunday to open up the season.
This should not come as a surprise, as Pryor clearly outplayed Matt Flynn during the preseason, and has taken reps with the first team during practice for the past couple of weeks.
The Raiders traded for Flynn this offseason under the presumption the he would be their starting quarterback. They signed him to a two year, $11.5 million contract in April, with $6.5 million guaranteed. It’s dejá vù all over again for Flynn, who signed a big contract with the Seattle Seahawks before last season, only to be beat out by Russell Wilson.
Pryor, meanwhile, has taken the long road to success. After a scandal ruined his college career at Ohio State, he was selected in the third round of the Supplemental Draft by the Raiders in two years ago. He sat on the bench for all but one play in 2011, and started the season finale for the Raiders last season against the Chargers, which is his only career start.
In that one start, he completed 13 of 28 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.