When the Raiders and Cowboys get together in Oakland on Monday night, quarterback Terrelle Pryor will step into the spotlight for the first time since the Sugar Bowl that capped the 2010 season.
The post-lockout, later-than-usual supplemental draft followed by a five-game non-suspension suspension resulted in Pryor making it onto the field for only one snap in 2011, which was negated by a penalty.
“I can’t wait,” Pryor recently said, via Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee. “It’s been a long time for me to play football. It’s what I was born to do. God blessed me. He gave me great talent, and I can finally use it again. It’s been a long time.”
If nothing else, Pryor has matured. He knows his role as (for now) the No. 3 man on the depth chart, and he’s focused on getting better.
“I’m fine with taking the third snaps right now,” Pryor said. “I’m perfecting what I need to perfect, and when [Carson Palmer is playing], I read his read like I’m in the practice with him. It’s like I’m really taking 70 snaps, 80 snaps a practice.”
Though safety Mike Mitchell says the Pryor “runs like a deer,” he’s focused on using his feet to help him pass.
“If I’m on the run, I’d rather throw a touchdown than run for a touchdown,” Pryor said. “If I have to run to get the first down, it depends on the situation. I don’t mind doing that either.”
Though it will come mainly against defensive players who won’t have jobs in a month, it’ll be interesting to see what Pryor can do after more than 19 months away from live action. For the new regime in Oakland, which didn’t draft him but not must figure out what to do with him, it’s more than interesting.