After a loss that in many ways felt like a victory on Sunday, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that he has immense gratitude for the late Al Davis.
“I owe Mr. Davis,’’ Pryor told King. “This man believed I’d be a star quarterback. He said that to me multiple times. He took a chance on me when other teams wouldn’t. And I think he was smiling down a little bit today, watching this. This may sound crazy, but every day I’m thankful for what he did for me.”
Pryor will get another chance to prove Davis right on Sunday.
As expected, coach Dennis Allen announced that Pryor will start the home opener against the Jaguars, who won’t be starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Pryor gets the start even though he declared he was “awful” in his debut. Allen obviously disagrees.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to say that he was awful, but he also understands that there’s some critical mistakes in the game that we got to get corrected because we can’t have those,” Allen said Monday, via Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group.
The next challenge for Pryor will be to correct his mistakes and, in time, expand his abilities. As Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star pointed out after Sunday’s game at Indy, the sentiment in the Colts’ locker room was that Pryor looked for one receiver and then, if the receiver wasn’t open, Pryor ran.
Regardless, the Colts couldn’t stop the man who is the NFL’s second leading rusher through one full week of action. We’ll see if the Jaguars can do any better on Sunday.