These are not your Al Davis Raiders. Not any longer. Davis had his minions ban former MVP Rich Gannon from the team facility. Gannon’s sin was being too critical of the then floundering franchise and for having the audacity to want to tutor JaMarcus Russell.
Flash forward to the start of the Reggie McKenzie era and not only is there no mention of a Gannon ban there’s the possibility of the last great Raider QB working with perhaps the next great Raider QB.
According to Vittorio Tafur, Terrelle Pryor has already reached out to Gannon for advice and the two are working on getting together in the near future. Tafur also penned a nice piece on Pryor’s progression thus far.
Even though he was on the roster for most of last season this is pretty much Pryor’s rookie year. He might be a second-year player but getting one penalized snap as a rookie hardly qualifies as NFL experience.
To Pryor’s credit he’s working to improve everyday. The fact that he is willing to reach out to Gannon says a lot. It doesn’t guarantee success but it’s a move that certainly isn’t taken from the JaMarcus book on preparation for your profession. Actually nothing about Pryor reminds you of Russell. TP is eager to learn, works hard, isn’t content with his role and has been humbled after his first taste of pro ball.
Come to find out the only thing Pryor had in common with Russell was his jersey number. To Hue Jackson’s credit he didn’t allow Pryor to sport #2 in silver and black. That number has been forever tainted.
Just goes to show you how lazy and stereotypical it’s become to compare young QBs to JaMarcus. There were some saying the same about Cam Newton too. Yeah…how’d that work out?
While Pryor has already proven he’s no #2 his real mission is to prove he’s no #2 on the depth chart either. My man has some Tebow in him and isn’t happy being a backup. That’s the kind of competitive sprit that will keep him in the good graces of McKenzie and company. Problem is that alone can’t salvage his future as a Raider.
These aren’t the Al Davis Raiders and Pryor wasn’t a McKenzie pick. As it stands Pryor will have to beat out veteran Matt Leinart to get a more expansive role in 2012. At least as a QB he will. No telling what Greg Knapp could be cooking up to get the most out of Pryor’s talents.
No matter the case Pryor is at least making the effort to become an NFL thrower. That says a lot about his drive. It also says he’s someone with perspective. Having already seen other Davis projects shown the exit Pryor isn’t waiting around to be the next. Even if he called Gannon out of panic it’s a good move to make. Dialing Gannon is an option that wasn’t even available one year ago. Neither was the luxury of having a QB coach to work with the young signal caller. Pryor might not become the next Gannon but at least this Raider regime is giving him the tools to try. Can’t ask for more than that.