Seattle Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed for 59 yards on three carries – including a 44-yard touchdown run – against the San Diego Chargers on Friday night.
Pryor is a freakish athlete and has shown his ability to run around and past opposing defenders with the football in the past. However, what Pryor hasn’t shown nearly as often is his proficiency to pass the football.
However, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll spoke highly of Pryor’s passing ability following practice on Monday.
“I like the way he throws the ball,” Carroll said. “He’s been great in practice. He hasn’t had as much opportunity yet [in games] as we’d like to see. The games have just gone in a manner that he hasn’t had to [throw the ball]. But he throws the ball really well. He’s a terrific downfield thrower, he’s got a big arm. He’s made a lot of big plays for us against the ones, and done a lot of good stuff so we feel very confident he can throw the whole passing game.”
Pryor is 10-for-20 for 147 yards and one interception in two preseason games for Seattle. Pryor is fighting for a roster spot with the Seahawks. Tarvaris Jackson appears to be the clear backup option to Russell Wilson and was given a guaranteed contract this offseason by Seattle.
Carroll is clearly intrigued by Pryor’s athletic ability and the potential he has to create explosive plays in Seattle’s offense. However, Pryor still has to shown he is competent enough passer to deserve a roster spot. It appears he is doing enough to show Carroll he deserves to stick around.