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Raiders Not Sold On Terrelle Pryor

Reggie McKenzie saw enough from Terrelle Pryor in one start that he proclaimed Oakland’s quarterback job to be open for competition in 2013. However McKenzie didn’t see enough in that one start to proclaim Pryor ready for the job now that Carson Palmer is making another passive-aggressive move in order to move on with his career.

For the last few days now McKenzie has been flirting with the Seattle Seahawks in an attempt to pry Matt Flynn away from the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile CP3 is still under contract and TP6 is becoming an afterthought of sorts.

To be fair neither McKenzie nor Dennis Allen proclaimed Pryor to be their starter. The starting job was only being opened for competition. So whether it’s Flynn or Palmer the task remains the same for Pryor.

That the Raiders are actively looking for another QB capable of starting does indicate Pryor has yet to establish himself as a starter. Then again how is a guy supposed to prove himself as a starter if he’s only given one opportunity to do so?

For the record Flynn has only one more start in his NFL career than Pryor. So it’s not like we’re talking the difference between Dan Marino and Tim Tebow here. Of course Flynn does have a lot more reps in NFL games and his two career starts were both impressive. Keep in mind Kevin Kolb was impressive as a starter once upon a time too.

While the Raiders remain indifferent on Pryor there’s no doubt Flynn is just as much an unproven commodity. That means no matter how the Oakland brass feels about TP6 he’ll still have the chance to Matt Flynn, well, Matt Flynn. How would that go over if Flynn for two years running is brought into an NFL franchise as a potential starter only to be beaten out by a younger thrower?

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  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    Pryor would make a fine quarterback. but the smug, priggish nature of the Raiders will never die. They’ll kill this guys career just like they threw away Marcus Allen etc etc and it never ends.

  • Ryan Lynn

    In Reggie McKenzie we trust. God bless America and God bless Raider nation. Happy Easter and just win baby! Go Raiders!

  • BigJazzy

    Pyror Only Got to dress out the Last 2 games of the Season and the last game wk of the Season he only got half of the reps with the starters yet still was in the hunt to win the game all the way down to the wire but THANKS TO SPECIAL TEAMS BLOWING IT !!! The kid threw for 2 TDS AND RAN FOR 1 with one INT now go back and ck the Film Reggie and Dennis and tell me when did Carson or Lienart gave the RAIDERS A CHANCE TO SCORE IN THE RED ZONE AND LOOKED IMPRESSIVE AS TP DID IN HIS LAST GAME START WHILE RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE

  • Pridenpoise

    Signing Flynn would be a mistake. He’s over paid we can’t afford to lose the picks. We already have one inexperienced QB on the roster sign a journeyman that’s been in the league for a while, see what Pryor can do if that does not work out, then draft a QB in 2014.

  • Steve Gallineaux

    Pryor r future get it through ur thick head Reggie!

  • Cetswayo Dawson

    Leave Flynn where he is and keep the picks. Pick up a journeyman like Vince and perhaps bring in a young FA QB after the draft. Trade CP3 to the Cards take the picks you’ll get for him and run. Let Vince and TP6 compete for the starting job, but really make it TP’s job to lose. Let’s take the year to see what TP really has. We have nothing to lose, we’re in rebuild mode any way and we won’t be competing for the playoffs this coming year.

  • gorditta

    That sounds like a dumb idea.

  • gorditta

    What better way to find our next franchise qb than rotating these two throughout the first half of the season. Mix it up a little and see who progresses. I bet this is how next season will pan out.

  • Jay Haskins

    “Pryor has yet to establish himself as a starter. Then again how is a guy supposed to prove himself as a starter if he’s only given one opportunity to do so”?

    You said it right there. But the Raiders have themselves to blame for that. Palmer couldn’t even score a TD in the last 4 games he played. The Raiders should have let Pryor start the final 3-4 games instead of just the one. The Raiders would now have a better idea of what he can do.

  • Gale Lawton

    I think most of u fail to consider Reggie and Dennis have jobs on the line. Starting Terrelle Pryor is almost guranteeing another 4-12 or worse. I like Pryor but u cannot go into the season with him as your only option. When I watch film on Pryor i see potential, but i also see late throws on almost every pass play. I see open receivers with him holding onto the ball too long. Some of this can be corrected with practice but can all of the shortcommings?…like his tendancy to be inaccurate?

    I think many of us are getting caught up in the whole athletic qb hype. As a former mobile qb myself, I would feel better about Pryor if he showed better accuracy. If pryor is our qb get ready for a lot of 3rd and long scenarios.