There were fewer highlights, but a better result.
And being willing to accept that represents a huge step for Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
After he ran wild against the Colts in the opener, the Jaguars were playing to keep him in the pocket and make him throw. So Pryor avoided mistakes, handed it to Darren McFadden often and left with his first win as a starter.
“Everything we do with Terrelle is a growing process,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “That’s what you deal with having young players. He also plays a position where there’s a lot of learning involved. Every play, every game is a learning experience.
“There were some good things he did in the game. There were some things we have to work on, but that’s part of football. We’ll keep working and he’ll keep getting better.”
The biggest statistical leap was going from two turnovers to none, and even though there weren’t the same amount of opportunities for big plays, he also failed to screw things up. He completed 15-of-24 passes for 126 yards and ran for 50 more (after throwing for 217 and running for 112 in a loss to the Colts)
“I feel like I did my job with the plays that were called in,” Pryor said. “I did my job and we got a ‘W.’ I’m very happy about it. . . .
“There weren’t a lot of opportunities to throw the ball today. The defense was playing well and we were running strong, so we didn’t need to throw much. We had a lead and the coaches wanted to keep grinding with the run. We did what we had to do to win.”
It wasn’t much to look at, and it was against the Jaguars. But for a team with its own issues finding an identity and a quarterback, Pryor showed progress toward both.