Terrelle Pryor In The Lead To Start For Raiders
By Allen Kim
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Terrelle Pryor is now in the lead to start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. He is going to start the Raiders’ preseason finale, and Schefter says that the “job is his to put away” at this point.
Pryor outplayed Matt Flynn during the Raiders’ dress rehearsal game against the Chicago Bears on Friday night. He was 7-of-9 for 93 yards and a touchdown through the air, and he added 37 yards and a touchdown on four rushes on the ground.
Pryor won’t win many games with the lack of talent surrounding him, but he certainly offers more upside than Flynn. Plus, with his added mobility and the Raiders' terrible offensive line, he stands more of a chance to keep plays alive than Flynn. Pryor is taking snaps with the first-team offense in practice, and the writing appears to be on the wall for Flynn.
For the second time, Flynn is on the verge of losing the starting job at quarterback after holding the early lead. When he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks last year, he was expected to be the starter until then-rookie Russell Wilson impressed enough to vault over him on the depth chart. Now with the Raiders, Flynn has been nothing short of abysmal thus far, and it can’t hurt for Oakland to at least give Pryor a shot and see what he can do. Flynn was always a short-term, stop-gap solution to quarterback situation in Oakland, so the Raiders don’t have a whole lot to lose in this scenario.
Pryor is not very accurate, and he's bound to make some mental mistakes. But at this point, it can't really hurt to see what he's made of. Flynn just hasn't gotten it done. He's been a sack dummy for defenses so far.
I was worried Pryor might be a one trick pony with all the scrambling does, but his arm looked good, too. Might have been a bad time for Flynn to get sore arm.