We all make mistakes in life. Some mistakes can cost us our jobs. Others many ruin a good marriage. For Al Davis, JaMistake cost him more than $30-million.
Lesson learned…we hope.
Today Terrelle Pryor took his first steps towards becoming an NFL quarterback as the former Buckeye participated in his first practice as a Raider.
Davis already steered clear of one prior misgiving by taking the athletic QB in the third round of the supplemental draft. By doing so Davis was able to get his newest project at a much cheaper rate than what he paid for the Prince of the Purple Stuff.
While saving money is a good thing it by no means ensures Pryor will avoid the JaMarcus pitfalls. Still the Raiders aren’t leaving anything to chance including TP’s jersey number. Pryor sported #2 at Ohio State but he’ll be wearing #6 as a Raider thanks to Hue Jackson. Pryor doesn’t quite understand but later he’ll thank his new coach.
“Coach won’t let me wear No. 2,” Pryor said. “Why, I don’t know? You tell me. He won’t let me wear No. 2. I’m just going off what coach tells me.”
Now let’s make something clear. The only commonality shared by Pryor and you know who is that both entered the NFL as project quarterbacks. Beyond that and their choice in jersey number there is nothing else remotely similar.
Both men are tall and have great arm strength. However Pryor’s physique is much more of what you’d expect from a professional athlete. Russell’s body resembled a competitive eater’s build.
If there is one area in which both men share a shockingly similar connection it’s in their accuracy or lack thereof. Being that today was Pryor’s first NFL action you can excuse his mistakes which included fumbling one of his first snaps. Just chalk it up to nerves. The real concern is that Pryor floated a few passes well off their mark.
Nobody expects this process to swift and painless. Pryor is going to need time and plenty of it. If the Raiders are serious about learning from past mistakes then the last thing Pryor needs is to be rushed onto the field. Let him crawl before he balls.
While it is unclear if we’ll ever see Pryor lineup anywhere else except under center it is very clear just what position he is going to be playing for the bulk of his Raider days. Coach Jackson explains in very blunt terms.
“He looks like a quarterback, feels like a quarterback, sounds like a quarterback, and I’m very excited to work with him.”