Pryor's first-practice struggles expected

August, 26, 2011
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Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor struggled in his first practice Friday. It would have been a surprise if he did well.

It was just a week ago that the former Ohio Sate player realized he’d be eligible to play in the NFL.

This is was his first organized team practice in months and was rusty and dropped a few snaps. It doesn’t mean a thing. This was just the beginning of a developmental season for Pryor.

Pryor said Oakland coach Hue Jackson didn’t want him to wear No. 2, the number Pryor wore in college. The last player who wore that number in Oakland was colossal bust JaMarcus Russell. That’s not a good look in Oakland these days. Pryor will don No. 6 in Oakland.

Pryor and newly signed cornerback Lito Sheppard are not expected to play Sunday against New Orleans, but Pryor may take a few snaps in Oakland’s preseason finale Sept. 2 against Seattle.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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