After a preseason battle, Terrelle Pryor got the start for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. There were pros and cons to his performance, however, the young quarterback thought he played badly.
"I did awful, I thought. Two interceptions. Could have won the game. Had them on the ropes down there. I'm disappointed in myself, for one, taking a sack in the red zone. Coach talks to me about that all the time and it's unacceptable. This loss is on me and we'll get better next week."
Pryor did make some mistakes, like an endzone interception, but he’s vowed to learn from those moments:
"At the end of the day. I learned a couple of things today, and I can put it in my bag of treats and bring it out for next week and keep learning."
Despite the passing issues, Pryor’s running game kept the Raiders close for the entire game. He even broke the franchise record for the most running yards by a quarterback. He also became the 25th player in the NFL since 1970 who got triple digits for both the passing and running games.
Another good thing to come out of this is that it seems like he’s becoming a leader, slowly but surely. Marcel Reece said:
"He played good football. He played TP football and he gave us a chance to win. That's what we want and that's what we need. He gave us a chance to win."
This “TP football” kept the Indianapolis Colts on their toes. Robert Mathis said that he had to run “about 5.3” miles trying to catch Pryor. Andrew Luck talked about the fellow young QB, saying:
"I'll tell you, Terrelle Pryor is a stud. He made some unbelievable plays."
There’s still a learning curve for Pryor, since he came into the NFL as a young guy, and didn’t get hardly any regular season game time last year. But it’s seemed like nearly every time that he’s messed up, he has indeed learned from it and progressed. Expect to see less endzone errors throws as time goes on.