Even though Terrelle Pyor led the Oakland Raiders to a big win against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor did not look comfortable after the first play of the game. Pryor admitted after the game that he still didn’t fully trust the Raiders offensive line. It looked like Pryor got antsy in the pocket after he couldn’t get the ball to his first option. You can’t really blame Pryor for his unease because he has been smacked around all season long by opposing defenders.
We all know that Terrelle Pryor is still a young raw quarterback who has sky high potential. One of the worst things that could happen to Pryor’s career is for him to lose confidence in the pocket. No training whatsoever will help him if he is scared to get pummeled after two seconds in the pocket.
The Raiders offensive line is starting to get back to full health now that Menelik Watson is about to suit up for his first professional game and star offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is a few weeks from playing. In order for the Raiders to have any chance of getting one of two wild card spots they must start to protect Pryor better. Sunday’s game against the Eagles is a prime chance for the Raiders to get Pryor’s confidence up and to get back to .500.
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson must start to call some plays that will help get Pryor going early on in the game. Last week the Raiders only targeted Marcel Reece and Mychal Rivera one time which netted zero receptions. Although the screen passes to Jacoby Ford almost cost the Raiders the game, Olson must use Denarius Moore or Rod Streater on screen passes. There is no reason the Raiders should rely on throws that go longer than 10 yards because the pocket is constantly breaking down. Olson must realize that Marcel Reece is a beast in the passing game and he can’t wait until the season is already over like the incompetent Greg Knapp did.