Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) throws the ball for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Terrelle Pryor takes first team snaps at practice Sunday as Oakland Raiders QB battle intensifies


Dennis Allen hinted at Terrelle Pryor getting first team reps after his impressive third quarter performance against the Chicago Bears on Friday night and Matt Flynn’s rather less impressive performance fully opened up the brewing Pandora’s Box that was the Oakland Raiders quarterback carousel between the recently Reggie McKenzie acquired Flynn and the fan favorite in Pryor.

After the game on Friday Allen was upfront about giving Pryor some run with the first team offensive line and receivers this week as he further evaluates the promising mobile quarterback. “I think we’re going to look at that a little bit, but we’ll see as the week goes on the direction we go there,” Allen said to the media after the game.

So it was no surprise to see the reports coming from the beat writers at Raiders practice on Sunday reporting that Pryor was working out with the first team offense before the media availability window closed.

Pryor got the Raiders back into the mix in the second half on Friday, putting touchdowns on the board with his legs as well as his arm. Pryor opened up scoring in the third quarter with a standard 25 yard touchdown run before getting it done in the air with a 19 yard touchdown pass to rookie Nick Kasa.

When it was all said and done Pryor finished 7/9 in the air for 93 yards and a touchdown pass with another 37 yards on the ground on four rushing attempts. Flynn finished with two interceptions and was 3/6 for 19 yards in a third straight disappointing performance that has heated up the quarterback controversy to a boiling point.

Menelik Watson also practiced with the first team for the first time on Monday at left tackle. Given Alex Barron’s inadequacies it is highly likely that the rookie offensive lineman could be the Raiders starting tackle until Jared Veldheer returns to the lineup.

As for Pryor, expect him to work with the first team offense leading up to Thursday before splitting snaps with Flynn against the Seahawks. Usually the type that plays his cards close to his vest, Dennis Allen was finally forced to go all in on the “Flynn Vs. Pryor” storyline that has been leading up to this point all preseason. Expect the drama to continue as who will be the starter Week One in Indianapolis is now completely up for grabs.

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