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Raiders have discussed playing Terrelle Pryor

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The final draft pick made by the late Al Davis may be getting closer to getting on the field.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that there have been discussions about playing quarterback Terrelle Pryor in some capacity in the final five weeks of the season. Pryor has played in one game since the team spent a third round pick on him in the 2011 supplemental draft, picking up a false start before he could run a quarterback sneak in Week Seven last season. He has been inactive every game this year, but Allen says he’s seen progress.

“He’s working to get better, and he’s working to improve,” Allen said, via Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. “He’s gotten better as a quarterback. I don’t think any of us feel like he’s the finished product, including himself, but he has worked to improve.”

It would be wise for the Raiders to get a look at Pryor while playing out the string. Carson Palmer’s signed for a few more years, but the team needs to start forming a better idea of what they have with Pryor. Is he a potential starting quarterback or someone who can run a package of plays that take advantage of his athletic ability? If he’s neither of those things, the roster spot might be better spent on someone else.

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  1. enochmh2 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:05 AM

    They really thought Carson palmer was the qb to go forward with? They should’ve used those picks to invest in someone else instead! The threatening retirement was a huge red flag,come on raiders

  2. felixinmiami says: Nov 27, 2012 9:07 AM

    Time to give this kid a look. ALL Raiders fans know that regardless what the haters have stated, without Palmer, we would EASILY be 0-11 considering everything that has happened. Either way, play the kid…more to gain than to lose.

  3. flickn says: Nov 27, 2012 9:08 AM

    Yeah case starting Palmer in another meaning less game wold be terrific to the image and integrity of this great great great game.

    We all seen Pryor play in preseason , he had great pocket awareness and was able to scramble and get away from the rush .You could use Tom Brady or Tony Romo for examples who were never thought of to be starters , and they turned out fine.

    I feel sorry for s raiders fans who attend games spend or hard earned money , to watch Palmer toss interceptions.

  4. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Nov 27, 2012 9:09 AM

    It’s about time.

  5. westcoastraider says: Nov 27, 2012 9:13 AM

    Well hell its not like we’re jeopardy of losing out on a playoff spot… What can it hurt, for all we know he could be the spark we need… Play him this week, ill be at that game…

  6. pj1983a says: Nov 27, 2012 9:19 AM

    You’ve already wasted a 1st and 2nd rd pick on Palmer. Might as well find out if you’ve wasted a 3rd on Pryor.

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:23 AM

    This coaching staff is clueless.

  8. spellingcops says: Nov 27, 2012 9:26 AM

    The Tebow debacle v2.0. Commitment to excrement.

  9. felixinmiami says: Nov 27, 2012 9:47 AM

    “…They really thought Carson palmer was the qb to go forward with? They should’ve used those picks to invest in someone else instead! The threatening retirement was a huge red flag,come on raiders…”

    Amazing how people forget that you can’t pick serviceable QBs from trees in the middle of the season to run your offense. The Raiders were stuck. Of course, they PUT themselves in that situation… but it was what it was. No GM, owner just passed away…as the saying goes, “desperate times leads to desperate measures!” All those haters disguised as “experts” seem to forget the Raiders lost their QB at mid-season so a move had to be made. Did everyone forget Kyle Boller was the back-up? And incase any Bengals fans come in thanking us for that #1 pick…How IS Dre working out? Yeah…I thought so….

  10. sicklnick121 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:56 AM

    Ok I would give Pryor a game or two maybe to see what he’s got and not to get Palmer killed this year, but with no doubt if you guys think Palmer is not playing well and you think we are better without him then you havent watched a Raiders game. Keep bashing the guy you really showing your football intelligence.

  11. gdeli says: Nov 27, 2012 9:58 AM

    play him! then you know what you have for next season. win win.

  12. daxrobertson says: Nov 27, 2012 10:00 AM

    I say again that it really didn’t need to be this way. Molding a team in the new image of McKenzie and Allen is one thing, but they took a decent (8-8) team turned it into one of the 2-3 worst teams in the game. Some of these changes clearly weren’t for the better and one doesn’t even need to really know much about the game to see that. Nearly everyone has underachieved in these new systems. Other than Brandon Myers I’d like to know one player that has been better this year than last? I hold all the Raider brass responsible for giving us yet another year of crappy football this year when just a little ego moderation and leaving some things alone (like the entire offense of 2011) and we’d at least be competitive every week. Why did we need to tear every, single thing down from before? For all the complaining about Al when he was alive, he never presided over football this bad in 40 years.

  13. tdrundmc says: Nov 27, 2012 10:09 AM

    Try him at running back since McFadden can’t stay healthy. He’s not an NFL QB.

  14. fuglyflorio says: Nov 27, 2012 10:17 AM

    When people get old and senile you usually take away the car keys. In this case the Raiders bought Al a Porsche.

  15. oaktown49er says: Nov 27, 2012 10:24 AM

    The o-line gives Palmer no time. I don’t think Pryor is the answer. If he has a chance, this would likely destroy his confidence. I still think this is different than Al’s Raiders. Give Allen and RM time to try to turn this around.

  16. ern215 says: Nov 27, 2012 10:29 AM

    im a lifelong raider fan that has accepted the fact that its gonna get worse before it gets better the team needed to be somewhat stripped of bad contracts and underperforming players (stanfod routt) this is a process and it will probably take a little longer that most due to the state of array the team was in last offseason

    im really disturbed by the fact that mcfadden was not able to succeed in this running system and marce reece has almost 200 yards in 2 games (rushing)

  17. trollhammer20 says: Nov 27, 2012 10:37 AM

    It is getting to be that time of year for some teams to say “Ah, what the hell”, isn’t it?

  18. brenenostler says: Nov 27, 2012 10:40 AM

    Maybe they should have just kept Jason Campbell.

  19. dconn17566 says: Nov 27, 2012 10:56 AM

    Seeing some of these comments are just plain silly. Carson Palmer is not the reason the Raiders are losing. I watch every snap of every game, the last game the interception was off Marcel’s hands. Carson has thrown for over 3k yards, 18 Td and 11 ints. He has been sacked 24 times.

    Here is the problem….

    No defense at all…at least there doesn’t look like a plan.

    The offense is horrible because Greg Knapp can’t call plays, when Carson can go hurry up the offense looks good.

    Starting Pryor now could kill this kids future and confidence, he in all probability was a wasted pick by a very old man (rest in peace AL) that was past his prime.

    If you want to see what Pryor can do give him a couple of “wildcat packages”. He reminds me of a faster JaMarcus Russell. Raiders need to turn the page draft a shutdown corner and fast defensive end and one OT/OG.

  20. varnbo says: Nov 27, 2012 11:03 AM

    Does the name Colin Kaepernick mean anything?

    Do raider fans really believe Kaepernick came out of college with more big time game competition than Pryor?

    The 49ers made a decision, got the more physically gifted guy ready, and now look at that team. They have a bonafide playmaker at QB.

    How in the hell can the raider brass have hot tub leinart listed as their #2 ahead of Pryor? Real forethought going on with that decision.

    Yeah I know, the idiot former coach made one of the dumbest , costliest moves to acquire Palmer, can’t undo that clusterf#*k, but don’t compound the mistake by not looking ahead.

    Let Pryor get some real practice reps for a week or 2, and give him a shot.

    Just look around the league and look at some of the QB’s who are playing, and then wonder why someone as physically gifted as Pryor, who’s played QB his whole life doesn’t merit a commitment from the raider brass for some playing time.

  21. hoodheisman says: Nov 27, 2012 11:18 AM

    This circus of a coaching staff has already destroyed McFadden and D. Moore and taken a team 1 game away from a division title and turned then into the worst team in the league. I’d hate to see this band of dummies try and mess with Pryor….. another QB destroyed.

  22. raiderufan says: Nov 27, 2012 11:20 AM

    As a Raider fan I agree he needs to play some but like I and others have said the offense is not this teams issue.

    Myers, Moore, DHB and hopefully Criner or Streeter are a pretty promising future. Maybe no #1, yet, but promising. We finally have a RB being patient behind our line and the #’s are getting better. Reese may not be the long term but he’s a good enough to not be the problem guy and opens up the passing offense more.

    This teams problem is that we need a new MLB, an end that can rush the passer, DT’s that actually play within the scheme and CB’s that can get out of thier own way. Oh and some decent safety play wouldn’t hurt.

    Unless Pryor can play middle linebacker or rush the passer….seeing what he’s got is largely irrelevant.

    Even Matt Ryan has 5 pick games…his defense just doesn’t give up 50 points a week.

  23. dkhhuey says: Nov 27, 2012 12:27 PM

    I love the people that say Terrelle is not an NFL QB when he hasn’t played more than 1 snap in the real season. I watched him at OSU and he most certainly has talent and with the right QB coach could make a difference. But, go ahead, stick with Palmer because that has really worked out thus far! With Pryor, he stinks and the Raiders lose, at best, he comes out and lights it up and they actually win a few games!

  24. bmadccp says: Nov 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    We’re already paying the kid, we already gave him a roster spot. USE him. I don’t think Pryor was a bad pick up in the supplemental. With some seasoning, this kid can be a good QB. He showed promise in the pre-season. Would he win us any of the 5 remaining games this year, probably not (at least not alone), but with an offensive line that blows, you need a guy who can scramble and run the ball, in this aspect Pryor is better than Palmer.

    And while we’re at it, why not give the backup defensive players some playing time, God knows they can’t be worse than the starters.

  25. bmadccp says: Nov 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    People keep saying that Pryor was just another in a long list of mistakes by the Raiders. The fact is that #1 overall picks (like the Manning freaks) aren’t always winners. Brady went 199th in the draft, Montana went 82 (behind a QB named Steve Fuller…anyone ever heard of Steve Fuller? I haven’t). Steve Young’s first year in the NFL was a disaster. His team went 3-16, he threw 11 TD’s and 21 INT’s and completed less than 55% of his passes. Success isn’t about when you are taken in the draft, it’s about heart, good coaching and getting a chance to play. I think Pryor has heart…let’s see if he can get the other 2 elements he needs before he ages out of his skills and heart for the game.

  26. AlohaMrHand says: Nov 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    daxrobertson says:
    Nov 27, 2012 10:00 AM
    I say again that it really didn’t need to be this way. Molding a team in the new image of McKenzie and Allen is one thing, but they took a decent (8-8) team turned it into one of the 2-3 worst teams in the game. Some of these changes clearly weren’t for the better and one doesn’t even need to really know much about the game to see that. Nearly everyone has underachieved in these new systems. Other than Brandon Myers I’d like to know one player that has been better this year than last? I hold all the Raider brass responsible for giving us yet another year of crappy football this year when just a little ego moderation and leaving some things alone (like the entire offense of 2011) and we’d at least be competitive every week. Why did we need to tear every, single thing down from before? For all the complaining about Al when he was alive, he never presided over football this bad in 40 years.

    3 0

    The 2006-07 season escapes you doesn’t it?2-14 and drafting Jamarcus Russell doesn’t compute?Yeah Al has presided over just asker worse teams than this years

  27. gb8534 says: Nov 27, 2012 1:57 PM

    Through the first 11 games Carson Palmer is the best player on this crappy team. I think there are no more than 6 or 7 of the 22 starters that are starters on other NFL rosters. They absolutely need to cut McFadden after the season, I know the OL is terrible but I would much rather see his $10M go into a new OG and OT and live with anyone else at RB.

  28. radrntn says: Nov 27, 2012 2:20 PM

    i think it is good to see what you have with TP. However Carson is not the problem. Problem is with the O-line, so does not matter who you have at qb, or rb. Never should have switched back to a zbs, after it failed with cable, and knapp previously, and flourished last year under hue with maulers.

  29. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 27, 2012 2:32 PM

    i can think of 18 million reasons next year, why you might want to find out what you have in pryor this year. As good as carson is, I am convinced he is not worth 18 million per season going forward. Same can be said for seymours 18 million next year.

  30. raiderapologist says: Nov 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    daxrobertson says: Nov 27, 2012 10:00 AM

    For all the complaining about Al when he was alive, he never presided over football this bad in 40 years.
    ———
    Art Shell, 2006. 2-14. Al Davis presiding.

  31. silvernblak says: Nov 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    How in the hell can someone say that TP is not an NFL QB when he has never been given a chance to play? it takes time with some of theses guys! Look at Steve Young’s first year? Now a H.O.F’R…He actually reminds me of a Cam Newton except he has not had the chance or have all the skills Cam has, but i do think he could if the coaches would pull their head out and give him more then a game or two to show what skill sets need to be improved and what they have in him. If nothing, then move on with the draft. You should not be gettting paid if you cant make plays….Period!!!!! Atleast give him a shot!!!

  32. londonps says: Nov 27, 2012 6:44 PM

    What skills does cam have that tp doesn’t, they are both the same size cam may have a bigger arm but tp is a bit faster

  33. raidmagic says: Nov 27, 2012 7:35 PM

    It doesn’t matter who is under center, if Knapp is calling the plays this offense is screwed.

  34. bengalskuta82 says: Nov 27, 2012 7:53 PM

    Oh Thanks so much Oakland Raiders for those picks..Wait. you still owe me 1 more ..Hahahah! I will really make use of it..You are very very generous..Oh, thanks for allowing us to score 3 Tds..Im sorry my guys roughed your QB-he got hit 13times..hopes hes ok..

    By Mike Brown

  35. nmrdr795 says: Nov 27, 2012 8:06 PM

    The raiders are like a college program with atleast 3 years of cleaning before we see real results. Knapp is still cluless that his offense doesn’t work. It takes time right? This is the nfl. Not for long. We all know knapp is gone after this season big reg won’t let this happen any longer. Palmer is a bright spot but maybe we start to see if pryor is the new leader for the future or if he’s trade bait and we draft a an in the next two years. Either way this bad football is old and needs to stop. Raider nation for life. The nation is always strong no matter hoe bad we stink.

  36. omniusprime says: Nov 28, 2012 9:12 AM

    The problem with the Raiders was not keeping last year’s coach, going out yet again to find some new coach and start all over again trying to build a consistent scheme. It’s obvious Denise Allen was the wrong choice, his defensive scheme is worthless as is his offense.

    At this point the smartest move the Raiders could make is to play for draft picks, willingly lose every remaining game in hopes of getting some good draft picks. In that regard playing Terelle Pryor would be a great idea as the Raiders can evaluate him in game conditions as to whether he’s a keeper or to show him off some in hopes of getting a good trade for him.

    A real shame seeing the Raiders stink year after year. I hear Gruden is looking to coach again, maybe the Raiders could be smart enough to get him back to Oakland now that he won’t have to deal with Big Al.

  37. dougydougdoug says: Nov 28, 2012 10:42 AM

    nmrdr795 says:

    “Raider nation for life. The nation is always strong no matter hoe bad we stink.”

    What in the WORLD is it that provokes you fanatics to jabber on about such silly things? You realize (maybe you don’t) that you’re talking about a private, for-profit organization, right? You don’t even own a single share of stock in that company, you silly little girl.

    It’s like me blathering on about Apple products: Apple Fan for Life, Baby! See how stupid that sounds? But, at least with Apple, I can own shares of stock, and their products can directly influence my life. But “YOUR” Raiders? No. They just appear on TV, jut like any other TV show that happens to come on.

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