I’ve read a lot of stuff about Terrelle Pryor isn’t the QB of the future for the Raiders, about how the coaching staff wont back him and he doesn’t have the pocket presence to succeed….and even that he should convert to another position, possibly TE. I have to say, however, that such negativity on Pryor is more than a little premature. Yes he looked imature at times, and true he has far from mastered the art of QB, but don’t give up on the kid. Pryor showed me three key assets that have me believing he CAN be the QB of the Future for the Raiders.
1. He’s got a great work ethic. True he occasionally showed signs of petulance….not talking to the media after a loss being a key move. Plus hanging on to his agent, more than 5 minutes after his agent’s stupid comments ( http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/23/pryors-agent-slams-dennis-allen/ ) proved a bad PR move….but Pryor shows some real grit, a determination to succeed and an ability to see his own shortcomings. Such a will-to-succeed needs to be kept on the roster, even if we decide to put him lower down the depth chart, as he continues to learn the position. Indeed, it is Pryor’s personaility that I feel had the defence keeping games so close, as when McGloin steped in there we sure shipped a lot more points.
2. His ability to avoid the pass-rush. Not many QB’s have Terrelle’s legs, and as a developing team I think this is an asset we should back, not run away from. We all saw how Matt Flynn flaked behind our line, why not improve the OL around Pryor.
3.his improving action. Look at the old clips of Terrelle (see below), his spirals were pretty much non-existant. Now he can throw a lovely ball – yes he still has a LOT of work to do, but he’s prepared to do it, lets back the kid and see him improve some more.
If I was incharge of the Raiders I’d sign Pryor up to a long-term deal, and let him develop some more. In 2 years time, so come the playoffs of 2015, I confidently predict Pryor will be leading a team….I just hope its us.
Terrelle @ Ohio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBognMAW9Es
….that boy can run http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmfWWsOzrjo
(I might be inclined to have Terrelle returning kicks too 🙂 )