Terrelle Pryor has considerable upped his game since the start of last year’s training camp after suffering a career freefall stemming from removal from the Ohio State Buckeyes and the stunted development that came with it. Now looking focused on making himself a complete package under center and working with Tom Brady’s old throwing instructor, Pryor has compiled some impressive moments in training camp.
Those performances coupled with his impressive Week 17 showing against the Chargers to end the 2012 season has seen the Raider Nation develop an underground movement to rally behind Pryor as their choice for starter ahead of Matt Flynn. While it remains to be seen whether or not Pryor can do enough in preseason to unseat a rather clear favorite in Flynn, it appears that the his improvement has been enough to get offensive coordinator Greg Olsen working on plays and packages designed around the Pistol, something that more than suits the former OSU playmaker’s talents.
“The packages we’re talking about have a lot to do with our offense,” Pryor said, via Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area. “We’re still going down the field with the ball. We’re still throwing timing routes. It’s just a package to get me on the field, and run the same plays that Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson and Matt McGloin are running. It’s the same stuff. It’s just me, that and some pistol stuff. Stuff like that.”
Pryor appears to be the clear cut choice for the #2 role at quarterback this season. Undrafted Matt McGloin has impressed many at minicamp and training camp so far, but the early pick to supplant Pryor as backup in Tyler Wilson has dropped off from OTA’s and is falling further and further out of the race. Vic Tafur reported that Wilson is “behind from a mental standpoint” according to Dennis Allen and it appears unlikely that the fourth round pick out of Arkansas will be able to prove Allen that he is ready enough to be the guy in waiting in case Flynn doesn’t pan out.
It might not be the starting role that many in the Pryor camp want to see as his potential has yet to be unleashed in the NFL other than the San Diego game, but we have now reached the point of the QB battle where the offensive coordinator is designing plays and a package for the backup in case of emergency. That can only bode well for Pryor’s career as it appears that he could be utlilized in a Pistol/red zone role this season even if he doesn’t win the starting job.