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Terrelle Pryor runs wild in Oakland

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Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor believes he can be great and he flashed some of the ability that fuels that confidence.

Al Davis would have liked the speed his final draft pick showed while going 59 yards — Lions cornerback Justin Miller put on the jets to stop it from being a touchdown — to put the Raiders into the red zone in the third quarter of Saturday night’s game. And he would have definitely liked Pryor going 17 yards for a touchdown two plays later. And he wouldn’t have minded the 41-yard touchdown he threw to Juron Criner in the fourth. The runs might have been against the second string Lions defense, but they showed the kind of athletic ability that could lead to some creative uses for Pryor this season.

The starting Raiders offense didn’t have quite as much flash as Pryor, but they were fairly effective during their work in the first half. Darren McFadden ran for 27 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown when officials ruled, via replay, that he broke the plane of the end zone just before losing the ball. It appeared to be the right call, although it was awfully close to being a fumble. Rod Streater, the undrafted free agent from Temple who used the opportunity created by injuries to Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford to lock up a roster spot, had five catches for 56 yards. He now has 18 catches in the preseason after catching 19 all of last season for Temple.

Carson Palmer had a mixed night of work. He completed 18-of-26 for 181 yards, but was intercepted twice. One came when wide receiver Eddie McGee couldn’t hold onto a pass, but the other was a poor throw on a screen pass that Lions defensive end Willie Young picked off. Palmer wasn’t able to get the team into the end zone on another trip to the red zone as well, leaving his performance a little less productive than the Raiders would have liked.

Pryor’s runs (and the Lions injuries) will be the memories that linger from this game, though.

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32 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor runs wild in Oakland”
  1. commitment2excrement says: Aug 25, 2012 10:00 PM

    Hey at least Pryor acknowledges he plays like dog crap and stepped up his game. Palmer thinks it’s not a concern, and proceeds to toss a couple int’s to add to his collection this preseason. Still waiting on his first TD.. But hey… No concerns and no worries. Amirite?

  2. tatum064 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:00 PM

    Great game, and dude needed it. Of course receivers dropping passes didnt help. Pryor needed for his confidence. He could be ok as a wildcat, but Leinart is the back-up

  3. villa41 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:00 PM

    Palmer wasn’t able to get the team in end zone? Huh? Was ne not on the field when DMAC scored? My eyes say he was.

  4. tatum064 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:06 PM

    Faked the stretch and threw back to J.Criner. Pryor is better when he’s on the perimeter. This is just pre-season, but he may have earned another week. 137 passing, 2 TDs

  5. tatum064 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:08 PM

    villa41 says:
    Aug 25, 2012 10:00 PM
    Palmer wasn’t able to get the team in end zone? Huh? Was ne not on the field when DMAC scored? My eyes say he was.

    ————————

    Yeah, Palmer tried to sneak one in … he’s got to cut down on turnovers and forcing stuff.

  6. rajbais says: Aug 25, 2012 10:10 PM

    After playing like “dog crap” he gets a 59-yard run. Meanwhile, his 1st string teammate Carson Palmer continues to play like elephant manure!!!

  7. rajbais says: Aug 25, 2012 10:12 PM

    Al Davis RIP!!!

    As I point to you in heaven and watch Pryor play I say “YOU THE MAN”!!!

    You brought in Terrelle Pryor, but didn’t touch Carson Palmer!!!!

  8. phloorioisanarcissist says: Aug 25, 2012 10:18 PM

    Al Davis was good in his time but he has ruined this franchise for the past ten years trying to push his old ways on a changed game. People might not like speaking ill of the dead, but it’s the truth and anyone with half a sense knows it.

    That being said, they have a lot of talent. If they can stay healthy and show something at the QB position with ‘anyone’, they could be a contender.

  9. robgilman says: Aug 25, 2012 10:21 PM

    exciting game to watch. happy for pryor, an all out show of a performance. This game got me ready and hyped for the season, JUST WIN BABY!

  10. bengalsmofo says: Aug 25, 2012 10:34 PM

    He must have been having Michigan flashbacks.

  11. tatum064 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:34 PM

    rajbais says:
    Aug 25, 2012 10:10 PM
    After playing like “dog crap” he gets a 59-yard run. Meanwhile, his 1st string teammate Carson Palmer continues to play like elephant manure!!!

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    137 yds passing and two hundred plus total yards..Palmer was decent, but his receivers have to help him out….

    I’d be more concered with Ford and Moore.

  12. villa41 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:44 PM

    Good game for Pryor, but Palmer is the QB for this team and should. He had one bad play – the pick by the lineman. Other than that he played pretty well.

    The some of you talk you would think QB’s never throw picks or have incomplete passes. Palmer was 17 for 26 for almost 200 yards in one half of play. Oh, and that was without his top two WR’s (Moore & Ford) in the game. He’ll be fine.

  13. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 25, 2012 10:46 PM

    As a Lions fan and a Spartan/confirmed Buckeye hater I would have to admit that Pryor looks really good. Not just running either. He has thrown a few nice passes too.
    On a side note I’m shocked that Kevin Smith got injured.

  14. platinumraider32 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:56 PM

    I’m worried about Palmer. Not ready to burn the cat at the stake like so many have already, but the west coast offense is all about accuracy, timing and throwing to a spot. Palmer telegraphs his throws, so unless it’s a really deep ball, defenders will always have time to react.

    Streater is clearly moving up the depth chart and if Ford is not careful, he might find himself playing primarily on special teams with limited playing time at WR. Nice to see Criner finally show what he can do, he needed that badly. Pryor was no surprise to me. People have been bashing the kid but he can play, just needs to be out there.

    It will be very interesting now that we are at the cut down phase of the game.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 25, 2012 11:01 PM

    T.P. did amazing things and wasn’t a self centred jerk afterwards. I hope Newton and Griffin were watching.

  16. jayquintana says: Aug 25, 2012 11:22 PM

    I know it’s only the preseason, but… wow, didn’t think he had it in him.

  17. raideralex99 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:27 PM

    Seriously people … Grossman and Cousins have outplayed RG3 in the last 2 Redskins games should the Redskins cut RG3. It’s pre-season folks get over it … the coaches know who the starters not you arm chair QBs.

  18. raiderinva says: Aug 25, 2012 11:38 PM

    The last decade of decadence for the Raiders can be viewed in this respect…. (Yes I am a Raider fan)

    Biggest draft bust in NFL history…. JaMarcus Russell
    Biggest trade bust in NFL history… Carson “The Interceptor” Palmer

    The Raiders are marching forward into the season with a QB that only throws to CB and a RB that cures his fumbling issue by being injured.

    On a positive note, the defense is knocking some people out. The favorable schedule might be playing a team the week after they face The Raiders D.

  19. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 25, 2012 11:46 PM

    I’m a Raider fan. I look at the schedule and only see 6 or so realistic wins.
    I really want Palmer to be successful, but without a standout receiver (they don’t have one), I’m just not seeing it.
    I foresee a lot of heart-breaking, drive killing interceptions in the future.
    Hue really screwed the pooch looking for immediate glory for himself. Set the franchise back probably 5 years….

  20. wtfpft says: Aug 25, 2012 11:59 PM

    “Al Davis was good in his time but he has ruined this franchise for the past ten years trying to push his old ways on a changed game. People might not like speaking ill of the dead, but it’s the truth and anyone with half a sense knows it.

    That being said, they have a lot of talent. If they can stay healthy and show something at the QB position with ‘anyone’, they could be a contender.”

    Wow! I must not have “half a sense”, because they have a lot of talent on the team because of Al Davis so how did he ruin this franchise? And I beleive he is the last owner of an afc west team to go to a Super Bowl, yet hes the worst owner and ruined his franchise, correct? Yeah if you’re gonna speak ill of the dead make sure it’s a goood point.

  21. ch8878 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:26 AM

    Terrelle Pryor played like a Madden player with all 99′s tonight the future looks bright in Oakland.

  22. bucktoothbeast says: Aug 26, 2012 2:39 AM

    I trust pryor in bootleg sitches way more than palmer

  23. thetwilightsown says: Aug 26, 2012 2:48 AM

    Raiderinva: spoken like a true stereotypical Raider fan. You and your whole fair weather lot can get bent for all the Nation cares. Who gets all in a twist over preseason games? Relax or… Move on. Kthxbi

  24. joetoronto says: Aug 26, 2012 5:53 AM

    villa41 says:
    Aug 25, 2012 10:00 PM
    Palmer wasn’t able to get the team in end zone? Huh? Was ne not on the field when DMAC scored? My eyes say he was.
    ***************************************************
    They don’t actually watch the games, villa41.

    They talk like they do though.

  25. EJ says: Aug 26, 2012 5:53 AM

    Pryor played well but will not have a shot at starting while Palmer and Leinhart are there. The only way Pryor gets to start is if Palmer goes down and Leinhart gets benched, otherwise his talents will be wasted sitting on the bench. Its terrible.

  26. rcunningham says: Aug 26, 2012 7:12 AM

    raiderinva says:
    Aug 25, 2012 11:38 PM

    Biggest trade bust in NFL history… Carson “The Interceptor” Palmer

    __________________________

    That’s not Herschel Walker.

  27. omniusprime says: Aug 26, 2012 9:14 AM

    Nice to see the Raiders have three credible QB’s instead of none like they had the past few seasons. Carson Palmer needs to step up his game or he’ll be replaced by Leinart or Pryor. Pryor wasn’t whistling Dixie when he said he needed to step up his game after playing like dog crap. Palmer needs to Just Score Baby. Go Raiders!

  28. rajbais says: Aug 26, 2012 10:06 AM

    @tatum064 Everyone always makes excuses for the guy and they don’t admit mistakes in their evaluation of him! The more that happens the worse he gets. He is not accurate or less turnover prone when he has his healthiest receivers. They used the in-season arrival excuse on him even after they said “oh this is a great thing because he’s reunited with Hue Jackson”. Blatant hypocrisy and lack of accountability!!!

    Plus in his final game where he did not play with Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson he lost the game for the team and threw 1 TD & 2 INT. However, in the two prior games everyone said all he is better without those two even though in his second and third to last games he never had a 300-yard passing game and in only one of those two games he threw four touchdowns. One of those two opponents was Cleveland!!!! Beating Cleveland is an accomplishment???

    This is the media’s most overprotected player in the NFL they will be proven wrong because every time they proclaim something the opposite comes to fruition. Just go ask Lance Armstrong, Joe Paterno, and Donovan McNabb. The media thought that they were precious too and the opposite came to fruition. Don’t ever trust a source that never likes to be the bigger people and just admit incompetence or incorrect judgement; especially when they are constantly wrong!

  29. JSpicoli says: Aug 26, 2012 10:07 AM

    Hey I don’t want to interrupt your reporting and all, but you might want to include the final score in your report.

    Typical. I also love the part where you talk about Mcfaddens touchdown like it should not have happened.

    TIA

  30. JSpicoli says: Aug 26, 2012 10:10 AM

    Do you hate the raiders so much you can’t get out of your own way to include the final results?

  31. raiderapologist says: Aug 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    EJ says: Aug 26, 2012 5:53 AM

    Pryor played well but will not have a shot at starting while Palmer and Leinhart are there. The only way Pryor gets to start is if Palmer goes down and Leinhart gets benched, otherwise his talents will be wasted sitting on the bench. Its terrible.
    ————
    The bench is where Pryor belongs. He’s an explosive athlete, not a starting quarterback. They could work him in on some run packages, but at this point he’s just a faster Tim Tebow.

  32. londonbps says: Aug 26, 2012 5:58 PM

    Pryor is a beast…another year on the bench and he is a faster cam

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