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Terrelle Pryor: A Top NFL Quarterback

There’s been a lot of talk about Terrelle Pryor’s improvement over the past couple of weeks; especially this last week. Even one of our fellow Just Blog Baby contributors, Jacob Steele, wrote a great article comparing him to the quarterback across the Bay (click here to read that). Charles Woodson recently gave TP2 praise in an interview on the NFL’s “Around the League.” Woodson says Pryor’s improvement has been:

Very Dramatic. No one thought he would start [but he] stole the show.

Terrelle admits it himself as well. In a press conference on October 9th, Terrelle addresses his improvement by saying,

Have I gotten a lot better? Yeah. A lot better. I did a lot of work and I’m still continuing to get better. On this next bye week I’m gonna get some more work in. It’s a non-stop progression. It doesn’t catch me by surprise.

So we know that his numbers are superior to Kaepernick’s but has Pryor really been getting better week in and week out? Numbers never lie so let’s take a look.

Week 1: TP2 had a completion percentage of 65.5 while passing for 217 yards against the Colts. He was sacked once for a loss of 16 yards, had 2 interceptions, and 1 passing touchdown. He earned a passer rating of 70.6.

Week 2: TP2 had a lower completion percentage of 62.5 and passed for 126 yards. He was sacked 3 times losing a total of 12 yards and although he was not intercepted he also didn’t throw a touchdown pass.  Even though these numbers look like a regression the Raiders pulled off the win at home against the Jaguars. Terrelle earned a passer rating of 76.0.

Week 3: TP2’s completion percentage jumped up to 67.9 and passed for 281 yards. He was sacked 3 times losing 23 yards but had no interceptions and threw 1 touchdown pass. Even though everyone expected the Broncos to humiliate us and show us that TP2 was not an NFL caliber QB, we can clearly see Pryor is making his presence felt. He earned a passer rating of 112.4.

Week 4: We got a good look of TP2 wearing sunglasses. It was probably less because of the sun and more to hide the tears of watching Flynn lose a completely winnable game against the Redskins.  No passer rating available here, clearly.

Week 5: This is Terrelle’s strongest game yet. He managed a completion percentage of 78.3 throwing for 221 yards. No interceptions for his third straight game but was sacked 4 times losing 26 yards. He also threw 2 touchdown passes this game. Terrelle earned a passer rating of 135.7. For comparison, this is the highest since Rich Gannon’s 2002 MVP season. Oh, the memories.

If you look at the stats, some of them seem to bounce around but the one that should really be focused on is the passer rating. It has steadily increased every time he has stepped on the field. Granted, this increase can only continue for so long. What we have to look for is the moment the passer rating begins to average out. Sure there’ll be some high and low outliers but if he keeps this trend of hard work and finding a way to improve, we can expect him to become one of the top quarterbacks in the league. As a matter of fact, he may already be there. His quarterback passer rating (97.6) places him number 8 in the NFL. Surprised? Re-read his quote above. I can assure you, even if you are surprised by that fact, Terrelle Pryor is not.

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