Monday, July 30, 2012
Important summer begins for Terrelle Pryor
By Bill Williamson
NAPA, Calif. -- Terrelle Pryor's first full-length training camp will likely be one of ups and downs for the talented, but raw No. 3 quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.
The first day of this important camp was more of a downer than a positive experience for Pryor, who the Raiders took last August in the supplemental round. Just before the end of practice, Pryor made a terrible decision on a ball that was intercepted for a would-be touchdown deep in the offense’s territory.
Pryor was inconsistent in the offseason as well. While he has shown flashes, there is no doubt he has a lot of work to do. He has an outside chance of beating Matt Leinart for the No. 2 quarterback job, but the odds are Pryor will be the No. 3 quarterback again this season.
This is a vital camp for Pryor, because he missed a lot of time last season after coming to camp lat because of the supplemental draft and because of a five-game NFL suspension to start his career.
New Oakland coach Dennis Allen wants to see Pryor make continued progress this summer.
“I have expectations of him to develop as a quarterback on a daily basis,” Allen said Monday. “I’m not setting anything as far as where I want to see him on the depth chart or how many passes or anything like that. I just want to see him get better every day. That’s what he’s come out here and tried to do, and if he continues to do that, at the end of the day he’s going to be all right.”