I don’t want to get carried away after just one game but Terrelle Pryor looks like he can be the answer to the Oakland Raiders quarterback problems. Pryor still makes frustrating mental mistakes that cost the Raiders the game on Sunday, but his explosive playmaking ability makes him an invaluable player for the silver and black. What makes Pryor’s performance more impressive was that he put up 217 yards passing and 112 yards rushing with an incompetent offensive line and no real tight end option.
Every member of the Raider Nation saw how explosive Pryor could be in the preseason but no one could have really been prepared for Pryor’s great performance against the Colts. New offensive coordinator Greg Olsen should be credited for coming up with the right type of offense to fit Pryor’s style. Pryor still does not look comfortable throwing the ball more than 20 yards, which makes a west coast hybrid offense essential for the Raiders offense.
Imagine what Pryor could do once he builds rapport with the first team offense. We must not forget that Pryor was not playing with the first team until the fourth preseason game, so he is still not comfortable playing with McFadden, Reece and the wide receivers. While defenses will definitely adjust to Pryor’s game, Pryor will also be able to improve his connections with his receivers.
The 6’4 238 pound Pryor is the most explosive running quarterback the NFL has ever seen. Not only can Pryor use his Vick-like speed to blow by defenders but he is the size of a linebacker, which allows him to toss away opposing defensive backs. It would not be surprising if Pryor is the Raiders leading rusher this season. It was remarkable to see Pryor get rushing yardage that the once great Darren McFadden couldn’t get.
As well as Pryor played, he did make some errant throws that cost the Raiders a win. On two different occasion, Pryor threw deep lobs that were picked off in the red zone. Pryor must improve is his deep throws throughout the season for the Raiders to have any chance of winning games this season.
Raiders’ fans must look at the silver lining in every game this season as the Raiders won’t be barnburners this year. If Pryor can continue to improve this season, the Raiders will have 70 million dollars in cap space and a whole host of draft picks to build a solid team around him.