Terrelle Pryor has yet to officially become a Raider but all signs indicate he’ll be given the red carpet treatment reserved for Al’s favorite pet projects. From the moment Jerry McDonald first speculated Oakland’s interest in Pryor you knew he was just a flashy 40 time away from being fitted for Silver and Black.
Having yet to even take a snap in an NFL practice Pryor is already being touted as the QB of the future. Never mind that Jason Campbell has forgotten more football in the last two weeks than Pryor will learn in the next year. This is Pryor’s job to lose going forward. Or at least that’s the feeling you get.
Don’t be fooled when Hue Jackson referrers the Raiders as “we” when discussing drafting Pryor. What Jackson really means is “he” – as in Al Davis.
This is Al’s pick. This is Al’s team. And this is Al’s latest scholarship athlete.
Following in the footsteps of Darrius Heyward-Bey, among others, Pryor will be given every benefit of the doubt. Some have given Mr. Davis praise for his low-risk/high-reward selection of Pryor. The truth is the real risk won’t be revealed until Pryor is allowed to forego the process necessary to become a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Make no mistake this is a clear warning sign to Jason Campbell. He’s in a contract year and the Raiders just drafted an athletic QB. The writing is on the wall. Get ready to see Pryor pushed into a position he’s not at all ready for.
You’d better believe that if Oakland is out of the playoff picture come November that Coach Jackson will bust out the “we” word again. As in “we” just decided it was time to see what Pryor has.
Al Davis love him some athletes. So much so that if he falls hard for one he forgets every other one on his team. Pryor could be yet another athlete on scholarship, allowed to continuously fail yet never lose his job. This is how Davis goes about developing his talent and this is why many promising prospects have belly-flopped in the Bay.
But what else would you expect from Davis?
Despite all the signs pointing towards Pryor being better suited to play anything but QB he’s already being promised a roster spot as a QB.
Despite all the previous failure s to develop a QB (Ken Stabler not withstanding) Davis is determined to take on yet another long shot at NFL success.
So get used to seeing Pryor featured in any way possible. Rest assured this won’t be a learning year for Pryor. It will be a learning-on-the-job year with plenty more to come.