Report: Terrelle Pryor to start at QB for Raiders

Pryor will start at QB for Raiders, and rightfully so

9/3/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said on Monday evening that he would not name his starting quarterback until later in the week. His secrecy makes sense, as both candidates - Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn - are very easy to game-plan for. To be frank, you want to keep Pryor in the pocket, and you want to move Flynn out of the pocket - if you execute those strategies against those quarterbacks, you're very likely to succeed.

Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) looks down field for a receiver during the third quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at O.Co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY SportsUnfortunately for the Raiders, Allen's secret has already been leaked. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Terrelle Pryor will be the starting quarterback for the Raiders in their Week 1 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

The news is not much of a surprise, as Flynn tanked in preseason action while Pryor played very well in the third preseason game - the most important of the four exhibitions. Pryor then took first-team reps for the Raiders on Monday.

Rumor has it that soreness in Flynn's elbow was going to force the Raiders to scrap passing plays that run further than 25 yards downfield. Add in the fact that Flynn has shown horrible pocket awareness in the preseason (while mobility is a strength for Pryor) and will be playing behind a porous offensive line, and Pryor looks like the best option behind center.

He may not be the best decision maker or the most accurate passer, but Pryor can make things happen on the football field. With the Raiders' offense in disarray, a game manager with a limited skill set at quarterback is practically useless. Pryor will at least give the team a chance to connect on a big pass, break off a big run, and just keep the team somewhat in the game in general.

Pryor has appeared in four games in his career, and has only one start. I watched his lone start against the San Diego Chargers last year, and I was actually somewhat impressed considering he was an incredibly raw second-year player who had previously thrown only two NFL pass attempts. Pryor completed less than half of his passes (13-for-28) and threw for only 150 yards, but he added 49 yards on nine rushing attempts and racked up three touchdowns while only turning the ball over once on an interception.

The best part of Pryor's start was that he kept the Raiders in the game - they lost 24-21. The Chargers were ranked ninth in total defense last year, and Pryor managed to single-handedly put up 21 points on them.

Do I have any hope for the Raiders this year? Hell no, but any miraculously decent season will have to come at the hands (and legs) of a quarterback who can make plays on his own. Pryor gives the Raiders their best shot. As for Flynn, he has now lost a starting job to a dual-threat quarterback in two consecutive preseasons.
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