Terrelle Pryor may start for the Oakland Raiders

8/25/13 in NFL   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) elects to run escaping Chicago Bears defensive end Aston Whiteside (71) during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsWatching the differences between Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn during the preseason has left people scratching their heads.

Flynn is more consistent, but he also can’t move nearly as well as Pryor.

Pryor is still young and makes mental mistakes that make people nervous about what he’ll do in big moments, but he’s also essentially an extra weapon for the offense thanks to his athletic ability.

It seems like the Raiders coaches are finally starting to come around to the idea of starting Pryor. According to reporter Vic Tafur, Dennis Allen said of Pryor:

"Yeah, I think we’re going to look at that a little bit, but we’ll see as the week goes on the direction we go there. ... I think the competition has been good competition. Both of them, at times, have looked good. I think Terrelle has an element with his athletic skill that lends to some playmaking ability, so I want to make sure we put him in those positions to give him a chance to have success. I think we’ll continue to do that."

Friday only made Pryor’s case stronger since he completed 7/9 passes for 93 yards and threw for a touchdown. Flynn, on the other hand, was 3/6 for 19 years and threw two interceptions. Pryor also tied for the most Raiders rushing yards in the game with 37 on four carries.

It’s getting pretty tough to argue that Flynn should start over Pryor, because at least when Pryor makes a mistake, he makes up for it. He’s also more exciting to watch, in general, than Flynn.

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