Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) controls the ball against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Former Raider Terrelle Pryor to stay at quarterback initially for Seahawks

After being traded from the Oakland Raiders to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahwaks many have started to assume that Terrelle Pryor will eventually be asked to try out a different position giving his obvious athletic strengths and some of his also obvious shortcomings at developing into an NFL caliber quarterback.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider (you may remember him as the old guy wearing the WWE belt after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl) has told the Seattle Times that despite Pryor’s enticing potential at a crossover move to the backfield or wideout as an offensive weapon in the mold of Brad Smith or Kordell Stewart there are no plans to do so at this early stage of the Seattle offseason.

“Right now, he’s learning the quarterback position and (playing another spot) is not even an option,” general manager John Schneider said, per the Seattle Times.

Still, Schneider isn’t ready to dismiss the possibility of Pryor potentially being able to find success if he was ever ready to switch positions in order to make a greater impact in the league down the road.

“The fantasy football guy in me is like, ‘Yeah, Kordell Stewart was great at it,’” Schneider said, referring to the former Pittsburgh quarterback/receiver who had memorable success at both positions at times with the Steelers.

Schneider also expressed excitement in being able to acquire Pryor to fill the team’s depth at quarterback, something that he feels had great value in only having to give up a seventh round pick for the former Ohio State star.

“Just to be able to acquire a player of that caliber in the seventh round,” Schneider said to the Times. “What our seventh round looks like right now, we felt the value was definitely there and it was worth it.”

Pryor’s future is unknown, and he does only have a short term deal existing from his deal with the Raiders that also leaves questions into how long his Seahawks stint will be. Many feel that Pryor’s best shot at making a lasting impact on the field as a consistent player is by embracing the “Slash” role, but after experiencing being a starter in Oakland it is unlikely that TP will be willing to give up his quarterback dreams. Something that for now the Seattle Seahawks are content with, using a seventh round pick to bring in one of the league’s most intriguing quarterbacks.


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  • KloverJane

    He’s a tremendous athlete. You should feel lucky.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Pryor being out of Oakland is a blessing in disguise. Many people will disagree, many people will bash the Raiders and hate Reggie McKenzie and staff for letting this happen. There are those that see this as a way of giving up on the team they stood behind as they were chanting through all of the disappointing seasons hoping the glory days would once again find their childhood team that is the Raiders. Did Pryor provide them with a glimmer of hope? Yes! Did Pryor show flashes of greatness? Yes! Was Pryor the answer for the Raiders quarterback position long-term? NO!

    With all young developmental quarterbacks there is a learning curve. There is a ceiling high and low which expectations need to be achieved or acquired within to conduct an accurate evaluation of the expectations of a player on the basis of past present and future potential. Football is like a game of chess, and the decisions made behind closed doors are mostly formulated from a mathematical algorithm using a statistical chart, past and present character abilities and inabilities on and off the field and so on and so forth. There is a lot more to the evaluation process of Pryor than the average fan is able to comprehend.

    When I watched Terrell Pryor last year as a starter for the Oakland Raiders there were several red flags and several concerns just in the way he conducted his quarterbacking business. To sum it up…. He is indecisive and lacks the decision-making abilities to go through his progressions in a timely manner allowing him to find his open receivers and make the plays necessary for success. Everybody was so enamored by watching him run and his success he was having running “to his right” and finding 60+ yard gained around the edge at times that they failed to see the big picture. Pryor lacks the football intelligence to be an all tools quarterback. When thinking about Terrel Pryor Tim Tebow comes to mind as he found success running through defenses at the NFL level until people caught on to how he was doing it and they forced him to throw the ball. Where is he now? And what has he done since moving on from the Broncos?

    Al Davis was known for his saying “you can’t teach speed and athleticism”. Here’s a quote to counter “you can’t teach football intelligence”. Either you have common sense or you don’t. Either you’re smart or you’re not. Pryor lacks the mental toughness and mental sharpness to be an all tools quarterback in the NFL.

    He was intriguing just as Tebow was intriguing. But everybody thought Tim Tebow should switch to a fullback just as Terrel Pryor should switch to a tight end. Tim Tebow’s stubbornness to switch positions because he had a taste of success at the quarterback level was his career demise just as it will be Terrel Pryor’s. Watch the Seahawks use Pryor in a wildcat, and watch his frustration grow further and further to the point of him again asking to be traded. if the Seahawks can’t convince him to switch positions to a tight and or wide receiver I fear that he will forever be doomed just as Tim Tebow was.

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  • Giovannoni

    If he can catch he would be a great receiver.

  • Raider Grant

    With a more conducive offensive line & QB friendly head coach/offensive coordinator; Pryor could have performed well enough to stay aboard. Unfortunately that ship has sailed, Bes
    t of luck TP. Go Raiders!!!