Raiders in no rush to play Pryor

October, 18, 2011
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Terrelle Pryor’s future as a Raider -- unlike Jason Campbell’s -- likely isn’t severely altered by the team’s decision to trade for Carson Palmer.

Pryor was a project prior to the Raiders trading for Palmer and he remains a project. But it does indicate the Raiders don’t feel Pryor is close to playing at quarterback.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson isn’t worried about coaching up Pryor and getting him ready to be the quarterback of the future. Jackson is worried about winning now. That’s why he traded for Palmer.

The fact that the Raiders potentially gave up two first-round picks for Palmer, who’ll turn 32 in December, means they expect Palmer to be around for awhile. There is no reason to believe Pryor will be pushed into playing. The Raiders will simply coach him and see if he can fill a role down the round.

Owner Al Davis, who died earlier this month, took Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft during the summer.

Jackson often said Pryor is simply a quarterback for now. However, if the Raiders decide he has a better future, down the road, at receiver or at tight end, the speedy Pryor could potentially be moved.

But for now, Pryor is a quarterback with no immediate timetable to hit the field.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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