A very interesting comment was made by Pryor in his press conference, one that I feel needs recognition. For those of us who have worked in the military or blue-collar industry where there is a lot of “On the Job Training (OJT),” this statement will hit home for you. Not all jobs can be learned by just reading a book and studying. Some things must be taught, and some things must be emulated. When a person learns on the job, he/she will be trained by several different people who have their own way of teaching that particular job. Some of those ways are good and some are bad. The best way to approach a learning process, such as this, is to take the good things you see from each person and use them to shape your own way of performing that particular task.
Pryor approaches his role as the quarterback no differently. We, the fans, can thank his Aunt for teaching him this quality. In his press conference Pryor said, “My Aunt would say to me, look at players/guys who are great. See something that you like about them, and put it in your bag of tricks. Do this enough and you will be great too.” He further explained that he really likes Tom Brady’s footwork and technique. He has used Robert Griffin III’s and Colin Kaepernick’s ball fake style. These are just a couple of players whose tricks Pryor has placed into his own bag of tricks. Not bad players to emulate.
Although Pryor doesn’t think of himself as a leader, he made several comments to indicate the fact that he is doing just that, leading his team. He was asked what his leadership role was and he stated, “I more of a guy who goes out there, play my game, and I’ll be myself. When you have success, it will rub off on the other guys.” Pryor was told that Jacoby Ford has been bragging about his (Pryor’s) leadership skills to the media, and Pryor stated, “I study film a lot, and I try to lead by example. On off-days, I try to get the guys (Receivers and Running Backs) into the meeting room for film study. Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece are in there at 8:00 AM on off-days with me for film study, and that’s good.”
On his rapport with Rod Streater he said, “Rod has a knack for the ball. He’s really good at reacting to where I’m going.” However, Pryor indicated that he is not looking for just one receiver, he would like to get all of them on the same page.
One thing is for sure, Pryor is a confident player. He said that he cannot wait to get out there in front of the home crowd. He will be feeding off the energy that the Raider Nation will bring to the game this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Look for a win from the Raiders, because Pryor stated, with a smile, “We will be a lot better on Sunday.” The Raiders performance against the Colts was pretty good, and Pryor is indicating that they will be better than that. Look out Jaguars, Pryor and the Raiders are coming for you.