The Oakland Raiders are in quarterback limbo, and it appears that Terrelle Pryor may be the biggest beneficiary of the situation as the team announced it will give him the nod as its starter in the preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The job will be “his to put away,” according to the report, after presumed starter Matt Flynn has had trouble igniting the Raiders’ offense in the first three games. There is chatter amongst fans that Pryor should be given the opportunity after Flynn was brought in to inherit the role left void by Carson Palmer after the Raiders traded him to the Arizona Cardinals.
Flynn is no stranger to losing quarterback battles. Last season with the Seattle Seahawks, he was supposed to be the quarterback of the future when third-round pick Russell Wilson won the job out of camp and went on to have one of the most productive rookie seasons in history. When the Raiders brought in Flynn, it was his job to lose, and it appears he may be poised to do so for the second straight year.
The 28-year-old hasn’t been as strong as the coaching staff or fan base would like. Most of his completions have come on check-downs, and he’s struggled to compete passes down the field.
Though the door is wide open for Pryor to win the job, he was quick to downplay the notion of it being anything substantial.
“Coach told me what the deal was, that Matt wasn’t playing on Friday and he wanted me to jump with the first team and lead them into Seattle,” Pryor said. “I’m definitely not all the way there in terms of the playbook and in terms of just being a quarterback out there. Don’t get me wrong, I can lead if I was called upon to do it. I’m just out there getting better and trying to get in synch with the guys.”
Everyone has a lot to work on when it comes to the Raiders’ offense, so it makes sense that the most dynamic signal-caller would get a real shot to show what he can do.
Head coach Dennis Allen echoed Pryor’s sentiment that the move wasn’t anything to read too much into:
“It’s probably more of a precautionary measure on my part than it is anything else,” Allen said. “We’ll get a chance to see Terrelle this week with the first-unit offense up against Seattle, and we’ll see how he does.”
Despite Allen’s comments, all eyes will be on this situation until the Raiders make a formal announcement on a Week 1 starter.
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