Even after Terrelle Pryor’s terrific start to the 2013 NFL season, national pundits were criticizing Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. When Pryor was held out of the Washington Redskins game, some thought Pryor would never get his job back because Flynn would show he was the best quarterback on the roster. On Sunday night (Really, really late on Sunday night), Terrelle Pryor showed the football world that he is the real deal.
It took Pryor all of one play to show how much he has improved this season. On Pryor’s first play from scrimmage he threw a perfect strike to Rod Streater for a 44 yard touchdown. What made Pryor’s throw so remarkable is he gunned it in between two defenders. Earlier on this season Pryor had trouble throwing the long ball as he would rainbow the ball to the wide receiver.
One of the biggest criticisms of Pryor over his career is that he doesn’t have enough throwing accuracy to be an NFL quarterback. This season Pryor is 6th in the NFL in completion percentage ahead of guys like Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. It looks like those throwing accuracy concerns are false, right?
Probably the biggest concern about Pryor was his pocket poise. However, Pryor has looked unshakable in the pocket with arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL. We all saw how awful Matt Flynn looked playing with the Raiders offensive line.
Defensive coordinators have obviously setup schemes to stop Pryor from running the ball, which is why his rushing yards have decreased in each game. Unfortunately for opposing defenses, while Pryor’s rushing production has fallen his passing production has risen.
In four starts this season, Pryor is 71/104 for 845 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Not bad for someone who was not named the starter until a few days before the start of the regular season.
It looks like the Raiders have found their quarterback of the future with Terrelle Pryor. General manager Reggie McKenzie must use the 70 million dollars in cap space next year to build a squad around TP2.