- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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It appears John Idzik was correct.
Oakland was hoping Cribbs, who was signed in the offseason, could give a spark to the offense and to the return game. But in Oakland, he never got back to his glory days like he was in Cleveland. Cribbs had offseason knee surgery and it slowed him down. Idzik, the New York Jets’ general manager, said the Jets passed on Cribbs because he doubted Cribbs would be ready to be effective by the start of the regular season.
It was going to be difficult for Oakland to keep both Cribbs and Jacoby Ford, as they're similar players. Now that Ford appears healthy for the first time in almost two years, keeping him over Cribbs makes sense. Also, Ford is younger and he is a better player at this point.
Also, as expected, several outlets, reported quarterback Terrelle Pryor worked some with the first team Sunday as did rookie Menelik Watson at left tackle. Oakland coach Dennis Allen indicated both were possible. As we discussed Saturday, making Pryor the starter over Matt Flynn is the right thing to do and probably just a matter of time. Allen indicated he will name a starter some time before the season opens Sept. 8.