With Carson Palmer injured, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor got what appeared to be a throwaway start in the final game of the regular season.
But it might have been a preview of coming attractions.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Pryor would be given a chance to compete for the starting job.
“He needs to see if he can take a game over in the preseason, make some plays and carry out a game plan,” McKenzie said. “Let him compete. That’s what it’s all about. If it looks like he can help us win, at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. That’s what we want.”
While Pryor looked raw in his short time on the field last year, there’s no denying he presents a more intriguing option than the rest of the Raiders depth chart.
Palmer is exactly what he is, a good-enough starter who has never won a playoff game. Backup Matt Leinart’s an unrestricted free agent, whom no one would miss.
Pryor at least has potential, as he demonstrated by throwing for two scores and running for another in his one start.
“It was good to see him go in and implement a game plan,” McKenzie said. “He carried it out, played the game through and showed us what he can do. He definitely flashed some things that we’re going to try and see what we can do with him in the offseason. . . .
“That’s fine to be a great athlete. We’ve got a lot of great athletes who can run. I want them to be great football players. I want them to take their game plan and execute it. Just make plays.”
For the franchise that gave us “Just Win, Baby,” Palmer didn’t do it enough, with three of his four victories over the 2-14 Chiefs and Jaguars last year. So even if Pryor doesn’t work out, the Raiders really don’t have much to lose in giving him a chance.