Since outperforming Matt Flynn this summer to become the Raiders’ starter, Pryor has thrown two touchdowns, against two picks, for 624 yards over three games.
Capable of completing the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds, the 6-foot-5, 233 pound Pryor has also rushed 26 times for 198 yards.
Realizing the former Buckeye is not a classic pocket passer, Raiders coach Dennis Allen noted that Pryor must be used as a dual-threat quarterback to succeed.
“If you’re going to put him in there, you have to play the game, you have to call the game that gives him the best chance to have success,” said Allen, 41, a defensive mind who took over the Raiders in January 2012. “I don’t have any problem with what we did. It’s unfortunate that he took the hit. But we have to move on from it.”
A third round selection in the 2011 Supplemental Draft, Pryor has long seemed incapable of throwing with any velocity or accuracy.
However, a tremendously gifted sportsman, the 2010 Rose Bowl MVP has impressed and completed 65.4% of his 81 attempts this season.
Being a precise passer is imperative and Pryor now looks able to toss the ball with a shred of touch.
Considering the Raiders aren’t exactly brimming with offensive talent, Pryor’s athleticism can mask some of Oakland’s shortcomings and help the team compete in the AFC West.
Regardless, dealing with a mild brain injury, Terrelle Pryor should be an onlooker Sunday when the Washington Redskins visit Oakland.by