Were it not for one snap in 2011 Terrelle Pryor would be a rookie in 2012. Technically that one snap Pryor took didn’t even occur no thanks to a false start penalty. So far Pryor’s grade is an incomplete as far as his NFL career goes.
Of course were it not for a collegiate career cut short by suspension Pryor would be a rookie this season. He also might have had more opportunities had the league not commuted his NCAA ban. But none of that matters anymore. Pryor is a Raider and his development has really just begun.
What makes the Pryor situation so unique is that he was drafted as a potential quarterback of the future by Al Davis. We still don’t officially know what Reggie McKenzie’s plans are with regards to Pryor. Then again McKenzie himself might not even know that as he’s just now getting a look at the athletically gifted signal caller.
So far the reviews of Pryor’s progression have been positive. After enduring the shock of adjusting to the NFL as an afterthought third-string QB Pryor is out to earn a #2 role on the depth chart. That would mean beating out veteran Matt Leinart and it would also mean showing enough talent and a supreme understanding of Greg Knapp’s new offense.
From a distance it would appear that Pryor is doing all the right things. He’s been a fixture at the team facility, is said to be leaning heavily on Leinart’s knowledge of the offense and has even reached out to Rich Gannon for some advice. In addition Pryor is eager to compete and prove himself. He’s given a couple of candid interviews that illustrated how motivated he is coming off of an unceremonious “rookie” season.
But like I said earlier, this really is Pryor’s rookie year. He’s got the benefit of going through his first full compliment of offseason OTAs and training camp so the slate is clean but Pryor is hoping his jersey won’t be. Standing on the sideline wearing a hat instead of helmet was humbling for Pryor so you’ll forgive him if he’s not content to sit and watch another year go by.