Pryor named Raiders’ QB in first NFL start

12/28/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsQuarterback Terrelle Pryor will make his first career start for the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced the decision on Friday, picking Terrelle Pryor over the veteran Matt Leinart for the season finale against the San Diego Chargers. That leaves Matt Leinart as Oakland Raiders’ backup quarterback on Sunday.
“I’ve decided to go with Terrelle Pryor as our quarterback,’’ said Dennis Allen. “He’ll play in the game and we’ll see how the game goes. He’s the starter, and we’re going to go into it as we would any other game.’’
Terrelle Pryor will start in place of quarterback Carson Palmer, who is out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung following Sunday's 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers. This comes only five days after Dennis Allen expressed that Terrelle Pryor, then Oakland Raiders’ third-string quarterback wasn’t yet ready even for a backup job.
The second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor has played just two games this season, taking six offensive snaps and completing 1-of-2 passes for five yards while adding two rushing yards as well.
Both Terrelle Pryor and Matt Leinart had been sharing reps at practice this week. Although, Dennis Allen informed both quarterbacks earlier this week that he was leaning towards Terrelle Pryor to take the start Sunday.
“I wanted to see how each player responded. I thought Terrelle responded well. I think he gives us a unique element of athleticism at the quarterback position,” said Dennis Allen, “and I think he deserves to get an opportunity to get out there and see what he can do. I’m anxious to see him play.”
It is likely that Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie forced Dennis Allen’s hand into starting Terrelle Pryor on Sunday. Reggie McKenzie hoped last month to evaluate Terrelle Pryor after he earned more playing time this season, and Mark Davis was visibly upset after Oakland Raiders (4-11) lost last week’s road game to the Carolina Panthers.
“I want to see him get out there and relax, play the game of football the way it’s supposed to be played. I want to see him take command of the huddle,” said Dennis Allen. “I want to see us get in and out of the huddle and the operation be smooth. I want to see him protect the football, make sure he makes good decisions.”
Dennis Allen said that Matt Leinart “didn’t like” his choice at starting quarterback, considering he lost the competition. Matt Leinart played most of Sunday’ game against the Carolina Panthers after Carson Palmer exited early with the rib injury. Carson Palmer finished the season 4,018 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
But considering Matt Leinart isn’t expected to return for the Oakland Raiders, the team is looking towards its future. Dennis Allen probably want to give Terrelle Pryor extensive playing time ahead of the offseason to see what the Oakland Raiders brought by using this year’s third-round pick in advance to select Pryor in last season’s supplemental drafts.
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