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Oakland Raiders' Terrelle Pryor Problem

To say Terrelle Pryor’s football career has been a roller coaster thus far is an understatement. Entering into the final year of his contract the only certain thing for Pryor is that his future is uncertain. With his pro career on the ropes, we look at Terrelle’s career so far and how he can still make an impact in Oakland.

Pryor burst onto the scene as a freshman at Ohio State University winning Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year in 2008. He followed up his spectacular Freshman season by making back to back All-Big Ten teams and even winning the Conference MVP after his Junior year in 2010.

Initially Pryor was going to go back to OSU and finish his senior year but then he was suspended along with 4 other Buckeyes for the first five games of the year. With that in mind he decided to declare for the NFL supplemental draft.

At Pryor’s pro day in 2011 he was measured at 6’6″ and weighed in at 240 lbs. He posted an incredible 4.38 forty yard dash time. Although he showed he had exceptional athleticism for an athlete his size he struggled with his throwing accuracy. Questions remained whether or not he could be an NFL quarterback.

Despite all the questions, Al Davis took a chance and drafted him in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft thanks to his tremendous speed. When drafted, analysts speculated on whether or not Oakland would try to develop him as a quarterback or force him to change positions. Going into the 2011 season Head Coach Hue Jackson decided to keep him at the quarterback position.

After sitting for the better part of two seasons, Pryor finally got his chance to be the Week One starting quarterback this season, after having a great preseason. While the starter he showed some promise, culminating in a great performance in a Week 5 win over the San Diego Chargers where he threw for 221 yards and 2 tds and no turnovers. Pryor performed well again in a Week 8 win versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and even set an Oakland record for longest run in history, with a 93 yd td run in the first quarter. However after this game his season started to go downhill and eventually ended up with him injuring his knee in a Week 10 loss to the New York Giants.

After the knee injury he did not start again until Week 17, with everyone assuming it would be an evaluation game. Dennis Allen stated after the game he didn’t know if the franchise quarterback was on the roster. With that statement it is assumed the Raiders would be looking for a quarterback this offseason  to start, with McGloin as the backup, leaving Pryor as the odd man out. The question remains what does Pryor need to do to keep his job in the NFL.

I think we have seen the end of the Terrelle Pryor era behind center but that does not mean he can’t be an impact player elsewhere on the field. If I were the Raiders or Terrelle Pryor I would seriously consider a move to wide receiver. Pryor has the size and speed to be an impact receiver in the NFL.

Moving to wide receiver has saved more than a few careers, most notably; Brad Smith, Antwaan Randle El, Julian Edelman and Hines Ward. All of these listed players made the transition to receiver either in college or coming out of college. The difference being they had more time to become developed route runners and pass catchers than Pryor would have making the jump in just one offseason. An advantage Pryor has over them is his unique size and athleticism.

Moving Pryor to wide receiver would give the Raiders a big, explosive, threat on the outside. Something they have missed since Randy Moss was traded to New England. I’m not saying Pryor is going to be the next Randy Moss, but he fills a need if he is able to make the switch seamlessly. It would also keep the front office from having to spend on a free agent wide-out.

At this moment in time I have not heard of any rumors of Pryor attempting to switch. However it would be in the best interest of both parties for him to transition to wide-out. There should always be a place in the NFL for a 6′ 6″ athlete who runs sub 4.4 in the 40 and receiver is Pryor’s best bet. Transitioning won’t be easy but if he dedicates this offseason to the move, it will help him keep his spot with Raiders. Pryor might not have dreamed of being a receiver as a kid, but that position might just save his NFL career.

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  • Jacobyj15

    Do you even watch football

  • Jacobyj15

    He Was talking about mcgloin retard, you don’t know nothing about raider football. 8 wins and 24 losses is a terrible coaching record. And to say that DA has done a good job is crazy.

  • Jacobyj15

    Why are they publishing these articles written by crackheads that didn’t even watch pryor play.

  • Rees Britton

    Hahahaha…. actually I did play high school football and some college, as well as growing up in Texas. I don’t need you to explain about how athletes, no matter their skin color get “hosed”. My best friend was one of the best running backs in the state and got offers from lots of schools. When he went to play what do you think happened to a white running back??? Yeah thats right, he rode the bench! So it happens both ways.
    biased – unfairly prejudiced for or against someone or something.
    If DA was biased, would Pryor have started even a single game, or does he have selective, negative bias that only comes out when the time is right??? Give me a break!!! What color is Reggie McKenzie??? Is he biased against his own race? If he was, he wouldn’t have even let Pryor play a single down, but he did let him play all the way until he got hurt. I wont assume that some racial motivated dult has any clue what he’s talking about other then to spew his racially “biased” words to try and make us think the head coach doesn’t like a player because he is black… when the whole damn team is!!!!
    It sounds to me like you are biased… just because a white coach plays a white qb b/c the black qb is hurt and wasn’t playing well, doesn’t make him biased. It makes him a football coach!
    Give the race card a rest, its way over played!

  • disqus_ImYfV88m8Y

    Yep. And that’s why I know TP will never be a quarterback in this league. Try watching a game yourself.

  • friendship220

    Agree mostly, but DA did give him a chance. He gave Pryor a chance, and he gave McGloin a chance. He was able to assess the pros and cons of each QB. Pryor sometimes doesn’t look good. He doesn’t look like a pocket passer the way some would like. McGloin looks like a well trained pocket passer. A miniature, ineffective, well trained pocket passer. And there are lot of ex QBs on TV, they’re almost all ex pocket passers, and they all appreciate that McGloin looks well trained, and they’re never shy about expressing that opinion.

    But Pryor wins. And I think that a big part of that is just because he’s so big and fast. The best running QB in the NFL. He makes a lot of 20+ yard gains, the historic TD, etc.

    A “Winnable” game is a game against a team that didn’t go to the playoffs.
    Pryor had 9 starts, but only 3 Winnable games.

    The Wins to Winnable Games for Pryor was 100%

    McGloin had 4 winnable games, and 1 win. W/WG = 25%

    QB# = pass + run. Pass is rated 0-100 Run is rated 0-50.
    McGloin = 60? + 10? = 70?
    Pryor = 50? + 50? = 100?

  • friendship220

    You keep him on your team, for sure. Sign him to a long term contract. Because he has value in so many different ways. If I’m Mark Davis, I would almost insist on that. Because Pryor is the biggest/fastest QB in NFL history, who has already set records, and he’s only had 10 starts. Pryor is only 24 years old. Vick is 33.

    McKenzie and Allen might not be around too long. Davis signs Pryor to a ridiculously long contract that isn’t that expensive per year. I love to see, if the Raiders win the Super Bowl, you get a lot of money. No if they win, and you’re the starter stuff. If they win, period. Pryor, just sitting on the bench, is worth a 1st round pick. The opposing D has to prepare for Pryor. That’s worth a 1st.

    But yeah, WR for Pryor, sure. How about Pryor is Left WR. Play is this: Pryor reverses and takes the handoff or the pitch while running full speed to the right. He either runs or throws. A pass/run option. Maybe a Jumbo package. There’s one QB taking the snap, one Pryor reversing to run or throw, and 9 huge guys on the line. Some of those huge guys could be the person Pryor throws to. On other plays, Pryor could simply run down the field. Can Pryor catch? He had 1 reception for 22 yards in 2012. Can Pryor win the jump ball? I’d like to see that. Pryor should be the starting QB, the QB of the Raiders future. But I’d also like to see the ultra-dynamic offense. Pryor is a playmaker, no doubt. Getting the ball into his hands, running, is a good football play. How about adding more QB playmakers? Michael Vick perhaps? Vick takes the snap, runs left, Pryor at WR runs right. Who is going to get the ball? Which way does the defense run? That seems like something that could be every play. Vick runs left, Pryor runs right. Sometimes Vick is Right WR, sometimes QB. Sometimes Pryor is Left WR, sometimes QB. Pryor is right-handed, typically rolls right, Vick is left-handed, typically rolls left. The oliners aren’t creating a pocket. They’re run blocking, and the Raiders have added top of the line run blockers (hopefully). There are many different permutations of this. Dominant run blocking and passing from rolling right and rolling left. But mostly a running team, just like the Seahawks. Often there would be a running back, simply running through the big holes that the great run blockers are giving them. If that works, dominant run blockers opening holes for runners, great, no passing needed. Georgia Southern beat Florida, just this past year, without completing one pass at all. Georgia Southern isn’t even a D-I school, or FBS or whatever they call it. And they didn’t complete 1 pass. Just what looks like an innovative run game.