Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has decided to rest Matt Flynn due to a sore arm from lingering tendonitis and to start the dynamic young Terrelle Pryor Thursday night for the final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Allen did not deny that after Flynn’s awful performance that Pryor now has a large chance to start if all goes well Thursday
As the preseason has gone by it has come to everyone’s attention that Pryor, not Flynn, is the logical starter due to limitations on the offensive line, and poor decision making on Flynn’s part. Pryor practiced with the first team offense today and is really setting himself up to be the starter finally. All signs look as if this job is Pryor’s to lose so as long as he limits mistakes, and moves well on his feet, as he has done all preseason he should be facing Andrew Luck and the Colts week one.
Coach Allen also stated that wide receiver Juron Criner and cornerback Tracy Porter are back in practice and should be ready to play after injuries earlier in the preseason. Also in news today, the biggest name released from the Raiders was return man Josh Cribbs as Jacoby Ford left him in the dust in his first game back with a 62 yard return. Athletic rookie tackle Menelik Watson will also have his chance to start Thursday in place of Barron who has been disappointing since Veldheer’s injury took him out of commission until at least the middle of the season.
The Raiders need Pryor to play well Thursday, because the future lies with him and not the career back-up in Matt Flynn. Almost exactly a year ago he was beaten out by Russell Wilson and although no one believed in him last year, he took them to the playoffs and was questionably the best rookie quarterback of the year. Pryor has that chance now, and there is no way he is going to blow it.