After seeing Terrelle Pryor shine in the Oakland Raiders‘ 27-17 victory over the rival San Diego Chargers last night, it showed just how much they need him in order to have any type of success. Aside from their 16-point loss to the Denver Broncos, the Silver and Black have been in position to win every game this season.
While Pryor’s performance all but cemented his position as the starter, Matt Flynn‘s underwhelming performance, and subsequent demotion to 3rd string, has left the backup QB situation in flux. The Raiders’ current number two, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, has yet to take a snap this season and it remains to be seen what he can bring should Pryor go down.
One of the more under-the-radar comeback stories of the offseason was that of former West Virginia star Pat White. White, a 2009 2nd round pick of the Miami Dolphins, had been out of football since being released prior to the 2010 season. He spent a few seasons playing minor league baseball, before working with QB guru George Whitfield as he plotted an NFL return. The Washington Redskins signed White in April, partially so their defense could still get looks at the read-option while Robert Griffin III recovered from surgery. Surprisingly, he played extremely well this preseason, and even started the preseason finale. He made the Redskins’ 53-man roster as a 4th QB, prior to being released to clear a roster spot for kicker John Potter.
After an encouraging workout Saturday for the QB-needy Buffalo Bills, White will work out for the Raiders today in Alameda according to multiple reports. While White hasn’t had regular season action this year, he possesses some of the same dual-threat capabilities that Pryor does. He threw the ball well throughout the preseason, and would be a very viable backup option. The benefit of having another athletic QB is that they wouldn’t have to alter the offense to be more pocket-passer friendly for Flynn or McGloin. White can make plays with his arm and his legs, and is able to improvise when the play breaks down.