The other day I was watching SportsCenter and to my surprise they actually had a segment on the Oakland Raiders. I am usually skeptical of anything ESPN does on the Raiders because anytime they mention the Raiders or their fans it is in a condescending tone. However, they spent the segment interviewing quarterback Terrelle Pryor and showing some of his highlights from the preseason. Even San Francisco 49ers fans are buying into the TP2 hype, which is a miracle in itself.
Usually the fourth preseason game is a little watched scrimmage with no significance to either team. However, the Raider Nation should look at Thursday’s game against the Seahawks as one of the most important games of the year. Yeah, I know that the end result won’t matter but Terrelle Pryor’s performance could have an effect on the Raiders long term future.
If Pryor has another outstanding game against the Seahawks, the Raiders brass will have no choice but to start Pryor during the regular season. While no one should expect Pryor to single-handedly lead the Raiders to a playoff run, he will make the Raiders one of the most exciting teams to watch this year. More importantly, the Raiders will give Pryor a yearlong test to see if he is the answer to the Raiders quarterback woes. Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has done a great job bringing in young players and getting rid of players with terrible contracts. For the first time in recent memory, the Raiders are setup for long term success, so why not see if Pryor is the man to lead them into the future.[youtube id=”CDBI7XnVC8s” width=”600″ height=”350″]
We will finally get a chance to see how effective Pryor will be at running the read option with Darren McFadden. Will offensive coordinator Greg Olsen’s new offensive scheme that includes the pistol offense make the Raiders offense more explosive? We will have a year to find out how Pryor will remake the foundation of the new look Oakland Raiders. There will be plenty of bad plays made by Pryor but there will also be some spectacular plays made, that only Pryor could make. Pryor is the second fastest quarterback in the history of the NFL, behind only the notorious Michael Vick ( Vick had a 4.33 40-yard dash compared to Pryor’s 4.36 40-yard dash). What makes Pryor’s athleticism so remarkable is that he stand 6’4 233 pounds compared to Vick who is 6’0 215 pounds. The football world will be intently watching the Oakland Raiders this year because of the presence of the phenom, TP2.