Pryor switch part of game plan

December, 8, 2013
12/08/13
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On first glance, it appeared as though Terrelle Pryor was replacing an injured and/or ineffective Matt McGloin on the Oakland Raiders' third offensive series of the game Sunday.

But it was actually part of coach Dennis Allen's game plan.

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AP Photo/Kathy WillensTerrelle Pryor provided a spark for the Raiders' offense, leading a 58-yard, 14-play drive for their first points of the game.
And after Pryor jump-started the Raiders' offense by driving the team 58 yards in 14 plays, including five first downs, and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 41-yard field goal to get the Raiders within seven points of the Jets, Pryor's job, like his day, was done.

Pryor, who completed 2 of 5 passes for 20 yards and picked up 4 yards rushing on three attempts, did not play again as McGloin found somewhat of a rhythm in the second half.

Still, while McGloin knew the game plan, it did not mean he was happy with it, as his body language suggested in his media conference following the Raiders' 37-27 loss to the New York Jets.

“I've been through it before in college,” the undrafted rookie said.

“Anytime you have quarterbacks coming in and out, especially in cold weather, it gets difficult sometimes. But it's not an excuse or anything like that for the way we played.”

McGloin had a passer rating of 91.5 after completing 18 of 31 for 245 yards with two touchdowns. He threw an interception inside the Raiders' 12-yard line, though, that resulted in a Jets field goal.

Pryor was long gone by the time the locker room opened, but a teammate had an opinion.

“It was good to see him back out there,” said receiver Rod Streater. “He brings a lot to the table.

“We knew we had a few packages for Pryor. He was a factor.”

Said Allen: “Obviously, he was able to move the ball down the field for us and get us a field goal on that drive, which was a positive. And then, as we went back with Matt, we really had something going there in the second half offensively. We had some rhythm, some flow and we were able to score some points, so we just kind of stuck with what we were doing.”

If only the Raiders' defense could have held serve, right?

Still, Allen said there was never any thought of re-inserting Pryor, despite the way he moved the offense in his lone series. It was his first game action since Nov. 10, here at MetLife Stadium, against the New York Giants.

“Not after watching the way we played in the second half offensively,” Allen said. “We moved the ball down the field and converted third downs, and were able to score points, so we weren't going to change anything there.”

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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