Sunday, December 29, 2013
Terrelle Pryor rusty, tentative in return
By Paul Gutierrez
OAKLAND – Terrelle Pryor has one year remaining on his rookie NFL contract, but the polarizing Oakland Raiders quarterback was non-committal about his future in Oakland after the team's season-ending 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
"I don't think right now is the time for that," Pryor said after starting and playing his first full game since Nov. 10. "(I've) got to talk and see what goes on with the organization and have a chat. As of right now, I'm just going to try and enjoy my teammates in the locker room. Right now, I don't think is the time and place because I don't know what the future holds."
Pryor was the starter coming out of training camp and started eight of the Raiders' first nine games (he missed the Washington loss with a concussion) before a sprained right knee sidelined him.
Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin took over and started the next six games before coach Dennis Allen revealed he was going back to Pryor. It was a move that Pryor's agent Jerome Stanley equated to sabotage, saying Allen was setting his client up to fail, to justify his decision to go with McGloin.
Pryor distanced himself from the comments, though, and had a rough beginning against the Broncos, fueling the conspiracy theorists.
At halftime, a tentative Pryor was just 6-of-11 passing for 35 yards and a 60.8 passer rating and rust was evident … as was a swirling Denver defense.
"I know the speed, it kind of shocks you a little bit, but I kind of got it all back pretty fast," Pryor said. "I felt pretty good going in somewhere around the first quarter."
Actually, it was in the fourth quarter, when the Raiders went more to a no-huddle attack, that Pryor helped the Raiders avoid their first shutout since 2011, throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater and a nine-yard score to Nick Kasa.
Pryor ended up completing 21 of 38 passes for 207 yards, the two touchdowns and a passer rating of 88.4, but also rushed for 49 yards to finish with a single-season franchise record 576 rushing yards by a quarterback, eclipsing Rich Gannon's 13-year-old mark of 529 yards rushing.
Allen, though, would not offer a summation of Pryor's play.
"I'm going to hold off on that until I get a chance to really watch the tape," Allen said. "Obviously, we weren't really able to move the ball very well there in the first half of the football game. We moved the ball better later in the game, but we obviously, offensively, weren't able to get a whole lot going early in the game."
Indeed, Pryor threw a couple of passes that floated, when they did not go straight to the ground.
"I would say I'm inconsistent, period," Pryor said. "Have to get better."