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Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:29 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It feels like we've written about Terrelle Pryor a million times since he decided to bolt Ohio State and head to the NFL. (The actual answer is 62. So there's that.)

Perhaps that's because of his up-and-down status for the NFL's supplemental draft. Or perhaps that's because he's such a talented player who presents tons of upside but remains an enigma, particularly with respect to what position he'll play as a professional.

Whatever, for those that want to see Pryor as a quarterback, you're in luck -- Raiders head coach Hue Jackson told Michelle Tafoya of NBC on Sunday night that Pryor, who didn't play in the third preseason game against New Orleans, will begin his career with Oakland as a quarterback.

"We're gonna start there first and see where we go," Jackson said.

Pryor, who recently signed a four-year deal with Oakland, did some warm-ups under center and was briefly in the silver-and-black uniform and on the sidelines during Sunday's game, but eventually left.

Tafoya also reported that Pryor would be available for the Raiders final preseason game against the Seahawks.

This makes a lot of sense, actually, because you don't see starters get a ton of time during the final exhibition affair, and Pryor will be missing the first five games of the regular season; getting him out there and giving him some run under center won't put anything at risk and it'll at least the Raiders see what Pryor can do in live NFL action.

And since this is the Raiders we're talking about, it wouldn't be shocking to see them give Pryor plenty of run as a quarterback if he looks even remotely competent during the final week of the preseason.

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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:20 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

Vikingbob19,

"Don't want the NFL to be a free pass for those who screw up in the college ranks."

I agree with the sentiment, and it would mean something if kids who knowingly flunked out of school didn't get into the supplemental draft. But, considering kids can flunk out of school, be kicked out for disciplinary reasons, lose eligibility for taking money, have the NCAA declare them ineligible for whatever reason, etc. it's not exactly "preserving the integrity" of anything when the entire supplemental draft is set up to allow kids who showed no integrity in school (but did it in time i.e. after the deadline to declare for the REGULAR draft). 

So let's not kid ourselves here: the NFL said "Our farm system says you're suspended for five games, so we're going to uphold said suspension. We wouldn't want kids who broke the rules in school to cheat the system; unless they fail out, are kicked out, take money, or lose eligibility AFTER January. Then it's okay."  But if you run afoul of the NCAA, but not badly enough to LOSE ELIGIBILITY, then you can't reap the same rewards as those who broke the rules more egregiously.

Does that make sense to ANYONE?

The suspension of Pryor was simply to make an example of a polarizing kid. And it should be appealed, since NFL employees who actually BROKE THE LAW just got a free pass. If Pacman Jones is suspended but Talib and Britt are not, oh man.

I originally liked that Pryor didn't want to appeal the suspension. He seems genuinely focused on moving past it and working hard to become a good NFL player. He also seems to be accepting of the fact that he screwed up and needs to be punished. But now that this garbage with Talib and Britt has occurred, basically because Goodell and the league are afraid of potential legalities surrounding discipling players who were not technically employees during the lockout. Well, Terrelle Pryor wasn't an NFL employee until he signed his contract last Thursday.

Can we get some consistency, or at least some logic, in handing down discipline here? Goodell is showing more weakness and inability to make rational, fair decisions weekly. He needs to go.





Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:20 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

I know this guy is young and will take time to develop, but he has some heavy footwork and a less than desirable looking delivery.  It's strange how a guy can dominate college, then come into the NFL and fail to make the smallest of impacts.  I'm not saying that this will happen to Pryor, but I'm gonna go gut early on this one and say he will flop.




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:19 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

Vikingbob19,

"Don't want the NFL to be a free pass for those who screw up in the college ranks."

I agree with the sentiment, and it would mean something if kids who knowingly flunked out of school didn't get into the supplemental draft. But, considering kids can flunk out of school, be kicked out for disciplinary reasons, lose eligibility for taking money, have the NCAA declare them ineligible for whatever reason, etc. it's not exactly "preserving the integrity" of anything when the entire supplemental draft is set up to allow kids who showed no integrity in school (but did it in time i.e. after the deadline to declare for the REGULAR draft). 

So let's not kid ourselves here: the NFL said "Our farm system says you're suspended for five games, so we're going to uphold said suspension. We wouldn't want kids who broke the rules in school to cheat the system; unless they fail out, are kicked out, take money, or lose eligibility AFTER January. Then it's okay."  But if you run afoul of the NCAA, but not badly enough to LOSE ELIGIBILITY, then you can't reap the same rewards as those who broke the rules more egregiously.

Does that make sense to ANYONE?

The suspension of Pryor was simply to make an example of a polarizing kid. And it should be appealed, since NFL employees who actually BROKE THE LAW just got a free pass. If Pacman Jones is suspended but Talib and Britt are not, oh man.

I originally liked that Pryor didn't want to appeal the suspension. He seems genuinely focused on moving past it and working hard to become a good NFL player. He also seems to be accepting of the fact that he screwed up and needs to be punished. But now that this garbage with Talib and Britt has occurred, basically because Goodell and the league are afraid of potential legalities surrounding discipling players who were not technically employees during the lockout. Well, Terrelle Pryor wasn't an NFL employee until he signed his contract last Thursday.

Can we get some consistency, or at least some logic, in handing down discipline here? Goodell is showing more weakness and inability to make rational, fair decisions weekly. He needs to go.





Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:58 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

And this isn't news. Since we drafted Pryor, Hue Jackson has said he would be a quarterback. Pryor himself has said he's willing to play wherever, but Jackson and the team insist quarterback.

Lots of people doubt he'll be successful as a QB, and thus far he has a lot of work to do regarding his accuracy and reading defenses. A lot. But you know what? So does Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, etc. Why is Pryor being given so much less of a chance to succeed than these kids?

Pryor is as physically gifted as any of those guys, if not moreso, and had more success at as high a level in college. Yet he's been given virtually no chance to succeed. The Raiders also drafted him far later than those guys, yet we're being panned for "reaching" for the guy.
I can understand Ohio State fans being bitter and angry and wanting him to fail. I can. But you didn't feel that way when he was leading your teams to victory. And why isn't as much ire reserved for the other players involved? It was a whole crew that brought down the system, not just Pryor. Yet all the vitriol is reserved for him.

It's widely believed that there exists in QB evaluation a 26-27-60 rule which can farily accurately predict NFL QB success. This rule suggests that if a player scores 26 or higher on the Wonderlic test (Pryor - 27), started more than 27 college games (Pryor won 31 games and started 35. That's a winning percentage of .885), and completed more than 60% of their passes (Pryor - 65%) they will be successful in the NFL.

I'm not saying he will; I'm just saying his size, speed, strength, arm strength, tangible success at a high level in college and his meeting the 26-27-60 criteria all speak to him having a much greater chance of success than the unrealistic 0% most people are giving him based on the fact that a) he screwed up in college and b) he was drafted by the Raiders.

I'm a Raider fan, but we do NOT have a good track record of developing QB's (and that goes far beyond Russell) so I can understand sentiment B. Hue Jackson, though, DOES have a good track record of developing QB's (Palmer, Flacco) so that is encouraging.

Now that Talib and Britt have been given a free pass, Pryor really, really needs to appeal his suspension. Because if they're going to rationalize it with the fact that it's sticky because technically they weren't NFL employees during the lockout, then how do you justify suspending a kid who was in college at the time? Why does Pete Carroll still have a job? Why is Reggie Bush still walking around? Half the players from the U? Come on man. Talk about a double standard.




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:42 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

It's easy to mock the Oakland Raiders, sure. It's also easy to mock a KC team that hasn't won anything of significance in 40 years, and whom we swept last season. So easy there, kettle.

The bottom of the division? We've got some work to do on defense, but your whole "Patriots West" ideal is blowing up in your face. Cassel looks like a shell of himself (I know, it's preseason; and I'll take it with a grain of salt) now that Weis isn't there, Haley is mentally unstable and continues to whine at other coaches in public when they do things he doesn't like (if you don't like them running up the score, Todd, STOP them), and Charles isn't fooling anyone any more. Pioli is going to find out he can't just transplant the philsophy from New England and be successful; he actually has to have the coaching staff and team to do it. Now that Weis is gone the offense is a running joke. And I know it's preseason, but man, just plain awful. Awful. Cassel looks worse than he did at USC; and he didn't even play there.

With Denver actually looking far better than expected, I could see Kansas City easily finishing last. Our offense is explosive and can score from anywhere, and we've just added two more weapons in Taiwan Jones and Denarius Moore. Jason Campbell is looking efficient and solid. It's that damned defense I'm worried about.

And Hey, KC Penguin; nice comments about a tragic situation that didn't really need to be invoked here. You brought it up in a feeble attempt to paint Raider fans with yet another negative brush yet all you did was invoke a tragic situation of which you obviously know little. It was ignorant; stay classy, Penguin.

How is Jason Campbell any more of a joke than Matt Cassel? They've both accomplished the same things. Nothing. But Campbell, at least this preseason, looks like he knows how to play football. Cassel looks lost and scared. That's a fact.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:31 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

I hope Pryor falls on his face.  I am sure the Ohio State faithful feel the same way.  It is guys like this that cause so many problems for colleges. And even though Tressel was at fault for part of this,  he, like other coaches, try to cover up some of the stupid stuff these players do so that they can possibly go onto a good career in sports or at least finish college for a good career.  What people need to do, like Tressel, is to quit babying these idiots and let them fall.  Tressel was so stupid in letting these type of guys who have no respect for rules get by and now he is out of a job.  I am sure in the near future someone will give him a job but thanks to Pryor and his kind it will be a while before he can get a great job.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:04 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

Oh ya i forgot to mention the whole Niner raider brawl and shooting. I didnt even half to know the teams involved you could say a shooting and a brawl outside a stadium and a 2 year old would know that somehow the Raider Faithful was involved. 



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:02 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

I love being a Chiefs fan because nothing in life is easier than mocking the oakland raiders. They had the whole jamarcus russel ordeal and then they fire the best coach they have had since 02. They didnt resign Nnamdi or Zach Miller. Their starting qb is a joke. They drafted a wideout who is fast but couldnt catch a cold in a snowstorm stark bare. OVER PAID to get Richard Seymore. And now they wasted a 3rd round pick on Pryor. And yes i know i know you swept the division and still couldnt make the playoffs. Good luck at the bottom of the division this year. But on a plus side I like Mcfadden since hes from my razorbacks but hes hurt way to much. 



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:53 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

Terrele Pryor won't make it as an NFL quarterback period!  I do admire him for being willing to play any position that the Raiders need to help the team.  Not sure if he will find a role or not, but it's good to see him willing to do what it takes to help the team.  



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:19 am
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

I wonder if Tressel is going to be there?


He better not get used to being a quarterback because he won't be for long!  


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