Bess Shapiro

Pryor To Start For Raiders On Sunday

Created on Sept. 04, 2013 1:19 AM EST

Coach Dennis Allen isn’t saying, but the San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur is reporting per league sources that Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback on Sunday for the Oakland Raiders against the Indianapolis Colts. And it’s not as if he hasn’t earned it.

Pryor started in place of Matt Flynn in the last preseason game against the Seahawks. Flynn had a sore arm, but his lack of production didn’t do him any favors during the pre-season. Pryor showed poise and speed scrambling out of the pocket when he needed to make the big play. On Aug. 23, he completed seven of nine passes against the Chicago Bears for 93 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown. His play against the Seahawks on Aug. 29 wasn’t nearly as dazzling — only three for eight passing for 31 yards. He also threw an interception but still managed to rush for 48 yards, and scrambled when needed, to keep plays alive.

With no team claiming 2013 fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson off waivers, the Arkansas product has landed on the Raiders’ practice squad. That leaves the quite capable, undrafted free agent Matt McGloin as Oakland’s third quarterback. Of course circumstances could certainly change, but at the moment Pryor has earned his stripes and with the exception of an occasional mental error arising from inexperience, he poses no risk as a starter.

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