Raiders pleased with Pryor’s progress
Terrelle Pryor is still far from being a polished quarterback
for the Oakland Raiders and isn’t likely to move up the depth chart
any time soon.
His footwork needs improvement and he’s still trying to get
comfortable staying in the pocket instead of taking off on a run as
he did many times in college.
Pryor is making progress, though. He put up 227 yards of offense
and threw a pair of touchdown passes in the second half of the
Raiders’ 31-20 preseason win over Detroit in what was easily the
highlight of his young NFL career.
”He had his good plays and he had his bad plays,” Raiders
coach Dennis Allen said Sunday. ”The thing I was impressed with
was there was progress. He made a couple of nice throws. (The
Lions) came with pressure and he was able to get outside of the
pocket and make a couple of nice throws.”
More than the numbers, Allen liked Pryor’s command of the huddle
and his communication. Those were two issues the third-string
quarterback struggled with in training camp.
Against Detroit, Pryor played with the second-string offense
because backup quarterback Matt Leinart sat out with an injured
index finger on his non-throwing hand.
Pryor appeared calm and relaxed while leading Oakland on three
scoring drives in the second half.
He broke free on a 59-yard run in the third quarter, then
scrambled for a 17-yard touchdown after stepping up in the pocket
to avoid a sack.
Pryor later threw touchdown passes of 39 and 76 yards to rookie
wide receiver Juron Criner, the second of which came after Pryor
rolled to his right and had to throw back across his body.
”It was a good time,” Pryor said after the game. ”I love this
feeling and I want more of it.”
Equally important was that Pryor kept the offense moving with
few, if any, hiccups.
”The thing that we worked on with him all week and have really
been stressing to him is getting in the huddle, getting out,
getting to the line of scrimmage and getting the play run,” Allen
said. ”We were a lot better in that regard and you saw the results
in the play of the offense in the second half.”
Pryor’s performance overshadowed another shaky afternoon by
starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer completed 17 of 26
throws for 181 yards but threw two interceptions. He has been
picked off in each of the Raiders’ first three preseason games.
Oakland also lost kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a groin injury
following a kickoff late in the second quarter. Allen said the
injury doesn’t appear to be too serious and expects Janikowski to
be fine for the Raiders’ season opener against San Diego on Sept.
”That would be my assumption after seeing him today,” Allen
said during a conference call. ”He’s a little tight but it doesn’t
seem to be a real pull (or) defect in the muscle. I don’t
anticipate that being anything that carries over into the regular
That counted as good news for the Raiders, who continue to be
without several key members of the offense.
Center Stefen Wisniewski (calf) has already been ruled out of
Thursday’s preseason finale in Seattle, while wide receivers
Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Jacoby Ford (ankle) are
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour did not play against Detroit
because of arthritis in his knee, according to Allen.
”He gets a little pain, a little swelling,” Allen said. ”We
have to be able to manage that.”