Has Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen finally awoken from his yearlong slumber? Terrelle Pryor is finally getting some reps with the first team offense today. We all saw what Pryor can do for the Raiders against the Bears on Friday, as he scrambled his way to a big game. Pryor immediately turns Matt Flynn’s Bed & Breakfast looking offense into a dynamic one with his presence alone. Rookie Menelik Watson is finally healthy enough to take first team reps with the offense as well. Watson was the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft so his presence will immediately upgrade the offensive line, and hopefully keep the atrocious Alex Barron on the bench.
If Pryor and Watson really become the starters, you can throw away the preseason tape, because the Raiders offense has become a whole new beast. While still raw, Watson has the athletic ability of a man half his size. Like most of his British brethren, Watson first focused his athletic ability on soccer, but he also tried out boxing and basketball before finally settling on football. No one thought Watson would play left tackle so soon but the injury to Jared Veldheer has forced the Raiders hand.[youtube id=”l157Mzxif9U” width=”600″ height=”350″]
The athletic Terrelle Pryor has had some electricifying plays in preseason, which make the prospects of him playing a full 60 minutes exciting. Don’t expect Pryor to be a barn-burner right away, but he should make this young Raiders team must watch TV. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen has shown that he has designed pistol and read option packages for Pryor, which will bring the Raiders offense into the 21st century. One can only imagine what Pryor and McFadden can do in a read-option offense. Teaming Pryor with the athletic Watson also opens up possibilities of Watson running down field and pancaking defenders as Pryor scampers behind him for a big gain.
We can only hope that Dennis Allen has finally opened up his eyes to see that Pryor is the Raiders only option at quarterback.