August 28, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) stands on the sideline against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Saints defeated the Raiders 40-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

How Patient Will Reggie McKenzie Be With Terrelle Pryor?

Terrelle Pryor had an unusual rookie season to say the least. So unusual that he began to question whether or not he wanted to continue down his current career path. But that’s what happens when a superior talent like Pryor suddenly finds himself at the crossroads before his career has even begun.

To make matters even more confusing for TP he’s lost the man that had his back no matter what. With Al Davis no longer running Oakland’s scholarship program Pryor is minus is biggest supporter.

Just how much time Reggie McKenzie is willing to give this project QB is unknown.

Dennis Allen has sung Pryor’s praises recently, talking up a diligent work ethic and commitment to improvement. Allen also didn’t hesitate to point out how much work Pryor has to do before he can be trusted as a signal caller.

Not that it came as any shock but the Raiders went out and signed themselves a veteran backup in Matt Leinart. That means Pryor is once again looking at the real possibility of spending his Sundays wearing a ball cap instead of a helmet once again.

Without question Pryor is a superior athlete with all kinds of potential. The real question is how well do his talents translate to playing QB in the NFL? Better yet, is he better suited playing another position?

The questions are plenty with Pryor and no answers will come until he takes some meaningful snaps in the preseason. This time of year just about every NFL job is up for grabs with few exceptions around the league. Pryor will have to prove himself no matter the circumstances. That is true for any man that collects an NFL check.

What Raider Nation is wondering is how much time McKenzie will set aside for Al’s last pet project? Most anticipate that the Raiders will be looking for a QB of the future after this season no matter how Carson Palmer performs. If Pryor wants to keep his name in that conversation then he’ll need to show some serious improvement in the coming months. Otherwise Pryor will really be pondering his football future if McKenzie starts looking for ways to get into the Matt Barkley sweepstakes.

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