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Terrelle Pryor: I didn’t know how to throw a football

Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn AP

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor knew he needed to improve as a quarterback this offseason. The Raiders traded for Matt Flynn from Seattle and selected Tyler Wilson during April’s NFL Draft. Pryor knew if he wanted to keep up, he had to get better.

After an offseason working with a throwing coach, Pryor realizes just how far he had to come.

According to Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Pryor sought out Tom House over the offseason to help improve his throwing motion. House is a former major league pitcher that also works with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

House helped Pryor improve his footwork and throwing mechanics. With the changes in place, Pryor realizes just how poorly his throwing motion had been before.

“I never really knew how to throw a football before,” Pryor said. “It’s coming along. I’m getting way better. I probably missed four or five throws out of 80, 85 throws today. I might ice my arm as a precaution tonight, but it feels great.”

Head coach Dennis Allen remains intrigued by Pryor’s abilities though he admits Pryor still needs to improve in some of the finer aspects of quarterback play. However, with Pryor potentially becoming a more competent passer it could help keep him entrenched in the Raiders’ quarterback competition.

Pryor completed just 46.7-percent of his passes in three games last season. He completed 14 of 30 passes for 155 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards and a touchdown.

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41 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor: I didn’t know how to throw a football”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Jul 30, 2013 1:01 AM

    just get better kid & go luck to you!!!!

  2. spellingcops says: Jul 30, 2013 1:14 AM

    Don’t worry Terrelle, neither does any other raiduh QB.

  3. greenmeattruck says: Jul 30, 2013 1:17 AM

    Apparently, this guy didn’t get the Memo from Warren Moon, endorsed by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton : ” Above all, never admit that you don’t know how to throw the football”.

  4. UJ says: Jul 30, 2013 1:26 AM

    Good to know that he realized he had a problem and is doing something to improve himself.

  5. comatrip1 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:41 AM

    Yeah dude, we all knew that.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 30, 2013 1:55 AM

    Raiders should just go with Pryor and build for the future. They aren’t going to contend this year in any case. Why stretch out the mediocrity with Matt Flynn?

  7. lostsok says: Jul 30, 2013 1:57 AM

    Self-awareness is a powerful thing. Clearly he has a long way to go, but accepting that pure athletic ability will not get it done is a major step.

    I still think Tyler Wilson is the near-future QB for the Raiders. He’s far superior in skill to Flynn, and far more advanced mentally than Pryor.

  8. sommerday says: Jul 30, 2013 2:17 AM

    I remember that youtube video where Pryor looked like he was shot-putting each throw. It took this long to become aware? Lol.

  9. mullman76 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:25 AM

    I like what he did Week 17 @ the chargers.

    He rallied and showed flashes that he can play in the league.

    The last Al Davis draft pick has a lot to prove and he knows it.

  10. tdubdizzle says: Jul 30, 2013 2:27 AM

    This only makes the Raiders better,i’m lovin it.

  11. tdubdizzle says: Jul 30, 2013 2:28 AM

    Matt Flynn, Terelle Pryor and Tyler Wilson. It could be a lot worse, Raiders are the sleeper team of the year. I would not be surprised to see them win 7 games or more.

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Jul 30, 2013 2:52 AM

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Tim Tebow allegedly overhauled his throwing mechanics too, and look how that turned out.

  13. natigator says: Jul 30, 2013 3:05 AM

    Funny how Pryor isn’t a running punch line for being a terrible QB unfit to play in the Arena League like Tebow is despite similar issues

  14. hawkstradamus says: Jul 30, 2013 3:58 AM

    I’m amazed by how undercoached/prepared some of the young QB prospects are, and from big programs too. You’d think that of you were in that position with a potential to earn $100,000,000 you’d look to work with a QB guru in college. Yet guys like Pryor, Locker and Teebow to name a few come out of college with more bad habits than good.
    Maybe it’s time for the NFL to start a farm system. Maybe then these young guys would know how to tackle and run routes when they get on the field. As it is now they just get used by universities to win games now. And very few of them actually graduate.

  15. iknowwhatimtalkingabout says: Jul 30, 2013 4:04 AM

    I’ve been saying this since he was taken by oakland, he just needs an opportunity. When he wows everyone just remember I said it firsy

  16. tigerphins says: Jul 30, 2013 4:04 AM

    ha ha, guess you were the last to find out eh.

  17. somekat says: Jul 30, 2013 4:12 AM

    He needed a team he could site on the bench and learn to be a QB in order to have a good career.

    Unfortunately for him, he was drafted by QB’s, where QB’s go to die

  18. jmason100 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:50 AM

    Not sure why Terrelle didn’t know that he couldn’t throw a football, everyone else on the planet knew it.

  19. raideralex99 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:51 AM

    lol … never knew how to throw a football until now but played QB at college and signed as a QB with a NFL team 2 years ago.
    Really and some Raider fans want him to start … the must be really Chiefs, Broncos and Charger fans.

  20. jbarr1 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:51 AM

    That ain’t all doesn’t know.

  21. bigal1952 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:20 AM

    Why was a QB who came up through a major college program and has had two full years on an NFL team not already equipped with the knowledge he needed to have proper footwork and mechanics in his throwing motion? This is not a criticism of Pryor, it’s an observation regarding “The Ohio State” and the Oakland Raiders coaching staffs. Pryor had to go outside the organization to get the feedback he needed to improve his arm strength and accuracy, and there has been a marked improvement, according to the first reports I’m hearing from camp.

  22. johnstone17 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:28 AM

    All everyone involved with the Raiders has talked about is how hard this kid has worked & this is another example. I wish for the best for him.

  23. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:36 AM

    Well – good for him. Acceptance is the first step. Sounds like he is making progress.

  24. heyguru1969 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:12 AM

    “I never really knew how to throw a football before,” Pryor said.

    “Yeah, we know” everyone else on Earth said.

  25. anhdazman says: Jul 30, 2013 7:36 AM

    I said this last year and I’ll state it again. I think Pryor is a poor man’s Cam Newton.

    He seems to think his passing guru has helped him this offseason. At least he’s trying to take the steps necessary to improve.

    Now it’s time for him to show case it in Training Camp and the Preseason games if he’s really ready to take the QB competition.

    Al Davis’s last draft pick, I’m hoping he can be something special.

    Critics believe these are the worst group of QBs in Oakland, I’m hoping we can prove them wrong.

  26. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jul 30, 2013 7:51 AM

    OSU Alumni/Fan here. Good luck to you Terrelle, but you should have realized how bad your throwing motion was when you were watching game film in college. The shot-put-moon-ball pass you relied on so heavily was unique and your very own.

  27. kramer12 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:02 AM

    where is the quote that’s in the headline?

  28. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 30, 2013 8:03 AM

    How pissed is Matt Flynn going to be when he loses his job again to another mobile QB?

  29. vincentbojackson says: Jul 30, 2013 8:04 AM

    If you ever watched him play in college you could have easily determined he couldn’t throw. He regularly made incredible plays with his feet not with his arm. Never could understand why Raiders thought he was an NFL caliber QB.

    An A+ runner with an C- arm/accuracy.

  30. tooz72 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:10 AM

    get this bum off my team!!!!!!!

  31. raiderufan says: Jul 30, 2013 8:17 AM

    Honestly, those stats are from one game. The only game he got really any reps in practice for the week and the only time he’s gotten to throw the ball more than once in a game in 2 years.

    I don’t know that he’s the future Raider QB…but I don’t know that Matt Flynn is either and only one of them is under 25.

    I think part of me kinda wishes we’d admit where we’re at and roll with Pryor and Wilson so we at least know what we have. I hate the idea of Flynn leading us to 6 wins and no knowledge of the long term QB situation.

  32. bucki06 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:22 AM

    Well that’s not really surprising considering his offensive mentors were Jim Bollman and Nick Siciliano…

  33. arejaye57 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:29 AM

    Just like Mike Vick didn’t know how to hold a football. At least Oakland didn’t give him a $100 million contract.

  34. ctiggs says: Jul 30, 2013 8:31 AM

    let the kid start, with the success of mobile qbs at the moment and TP’s stiff arm is second to gods he will be a force to reckon with.

    #gobuckeyes #goniners

  35. 44mpo says: Jul 30, 2013 8:37 AM

    Love the work ethic he is showing. I just hope the pay-off will come.

  36. cardmagnet says: Jul 30, 2013 9:16 AM

    I believe he traded his practice jersey for some throwing lessons.

  37. tlow97 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:30 AM

    “Will you teach me to football?”

  38. zurnvs says: Jul 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    He had the same issues when at OSU. At times he would hit a deep ball, but it was always a shot put. After 3 yrs at OSU and 2 yrs with the Raid, he will improve. But Tebow got a QB coach and does anyone think he would start at QB. Someone already said it, a lot of qb’s come out of major programs and r not ready.

  39. raiderapologist says: Jul 30, 2013 6:23 PM

    spellingcops says: Jul 30, 2013 1:14 AM

    Don’t worry Terrelle, neither does any other raiduh QB.
    —————
    If the Raiders release him he can just work on his drinkin’ and druggin’ until the Donkeys give him a call.

  40. raiderfankirk says: Jul 30, 2013 9:16 PM

    All the negative publisity from TP’s comment shows know one besides Raider fans understand. Just keep ballin TP.

  41. raiderfankirk says: Jul 30, 2013 9:18 PM

    If all you ignorant fools kept up with Raider ball, then you would know he has been balling.

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