Terrelle Pryor got the start at quarterback for the Raiders on Thursday night and his performance featured some of the creative playmaking on the fly that we’ve seen throughout the preseason, but it fell short of being good enough to win him the starting job for the regular season by acclimation.
It doesn’t mean it fell short of winning him the job altogether, however. After the game, coach Dennis Allen was asked if he had made up his mind about whether Pryor or Matt Flynn would be starting in Week One.
“I’m not telling you, but yes,” Allen said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group.
Both quarterbacks said they were unaware of any choice that Allen may have made about the starting job.
Allen said he would reveal the information “at the appropriate time” and said “we’ll see” when asked if he might wait until the season opener. In some cases, that would seem like gamesmanship but the differences between the two quarterbacks means that there’s actually some reason for Allen to drag out the suspense. Pryor’s passing is not where it needs to be to threaten teams consistently, but his ability as a runner gives defenses more to prepare for than if they knew Flynn was going to be leading the offense.
The benefit to that is likely to be limited, but the Raiders offense can use all the help it can find this season.