Terrelle Pryor lackluster in preseason finale

AP

The Oakland Raiders were hopeful Terrelle Pryor would put a stamp on his performance this preseason and earn the starting quarterback job with a strong performance against the Seattle Seahawks.

While Pryor may still win the job over Matt Flynn, his performance Thursday night was anything but spectacular.

Pryor played the entire first half for Oakland in their preseason finale and completed just 3 of 8 passes for 31 yards while throwing an interception and getting sacked twice. He did finish with three carries for 48 yards and led Oakland on two field goal scoring drives but his passer rating was a lowly 9.9 after four offensive series at the helm.

His best play of the game was a 25-yard scramble where he made Seahawks backup safety Jeron Johnson look silly with a juke in the open field. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the Raiders’ are looking for playmakers and Pryor can certainly bring an element Flynn is just not capable of. However, no matter who earns the starting nod at quarterback, it’s looking like it will be a rough year for the Raiders’ offense.

14 responses to “Terrelle Pryor lackluster in preseason finale

  1. The Raiders are wishing they had Carson Palmer right about now while Palmer’s glad he’s away from that mess.

  2. I guess we’ll see just how vanilla our O and D were in preseason. It doesn’t get much plainer than that, i hope.

  3. Hard to know what to make of all this. Pryor didn’t look good. The Raiders are screwed for sure, but I picked up Pryor on my fantasy league just in cast, so that’s all that matters to me.

  4. Bad offense? Yeah they didn’t allow a bunch of TD’s but man, even Brady Quinn was looking probowlish. Defense was pretty atrocious.

  5. Let’s not forget McFadden hasn’t played meaningfully this preseason, and he will start come the regular season.

    But I agree, it’s going to be a long year.

  6. At the end of the day, to be an effective QB in the NFL, you have to be able to consistently throw the ball where you want to. And this guy can’t.

  7. I’ll call it now, TP will be starting but they’ll be calling for Flynn when they realize that an athletic QB who can’t throw effectively has been tried before and doesn’t work. Look at all the young athletic QBs, they’re actually most effective throwing from the pocket. Flynn isn’t gonna save the Raiders because they have a crappy roster, but he can probably put together a few wins.

  8. To be fair, Denarius Moore hasn’t been the same since Jason Campbell was the starting QB. Don’t know if it’s because he just had the right way to throw the ball to him or what, but TP made a pretty good throw the only place Moore could catch it to kill their first good drive and Moore DHB’d the ball. That said, everyone’s busting the kids chops, but despite the misleading stat-line, it wasn’t like he got a lot of opportunities, and he at least moved the ball, which was a lot more than I saw Flynn do. More than anything, the kid has been on the roster for 3 years now without ever getting a chance to truly see what he can do during real game action, although in his lone start against SD last year, he did play reasonably well. The season is a wash this year anyway, and everyone knows it. He might have had a chance to maybe show a little more last night, but the defense couldn’t get off the field to save their life. Seattle had a 18 play drive that ended in a field goal. On the interception, he did release the ball late, but Jacoby Ford could have made a better play on the ball to at least help him out and make it an incompletion. If you look, it was a pretty great play by the corner to snag it with one hand anyway… 3 more inches and it goes past him into Ford’s hands and Ford is on his way to the endzone. I personally think if Flynn gets the nod with that offensive line, they will challenge for Detroit’s 0-16 mark. Give the kid a chance and they may surprise a few people. I know some people think they should just tank the season for Clowney because he’s a once a decade pick, but is one defensive player, no matter how good going to make that much of a difference on a team that is so totally devoid of talent right now? I highly doubt it. Give the kid a chance, and then at least you can say you tried all your options. We know what we’re getting with Flynn…. and even if they start Flynn, with that offensive line, Pryor will be starting by week 3 anyway as Flynn will be sacked at least 7 times a game the first two games….

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