Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Will Terrelle Pryor see the field in Dallas?
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Twice the Oakland Raiders unveiled the Wildcat formation on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Twice the direct snap went to fullback Marcel Reece.
And twice Reece ran straight ahead into the offensive line, picking up one yard and then ... one yard.
There was no fake involved, Reece simply looked for a hole and went. One week earlier in Houston, tailback Rashad Jennings took the direct snap and faked a handoff before going 80 yards for a touchdown.
Alas, with quarterback Terrelle Pryor healthy enough to be active for the Titans game, he remained on the sidelines. He was the lone Raiders player to not get in the game.
And yet, coach Dennis Allen said Pryor, who has a franchise-record 93-yard touchdown run on his résumé against Pittsburgh earlier this season, had a package of plays ready to go.
Yes, in that direct snap formation.
“That was part of what our plan was going into the game,” Allen said. “We had some plays in for Terrelle but I felt like if we could play this game and still do well offensively and didn’t have to use those packages we’d be able to give him another week to heal up a little bit.”
Pryor has not played since reaggravating his sprained right knee against the New York Giants on Nov. 10, giving way to Matt McGloin the past two weeks.
“I think that was beneficial to him,” Allen said of Pryor, who is the Raiders’ second-leading rusher, with 504 yards on 68 carries.
“We’ll see how that goes moving forward, if there’s a way we can get him into the game in some of those packages.”