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.