Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Pryor will start NFL career at QB
By Bill Williamson
Oakland coach Hue Jackson said Terrelle Pryor will get his wish and he will start his NFL career as a quarterback.
There has been some talk that Pryor could play receiver, but it’s clear he will start out as a quarterback. Oakland took the former Ohio State quarterback Monday in the supplemental draft in the third round. Thus, Oakland forfeited its third-round pick in 2012.
"This young man is a quarterback,” Jackson told reporters Monday. “That’s where we’re going to start and we’ll go from there."
OK, it’s not a ringing endorsement that Pryor will stay a quarterback for his entire Oakland career. But he get the chance to prove he belongs as a quarterback. I think that’s fair. But also expect Oakland to be flexible and if it thinks Pryor -- who has blazing speed at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds -- can help in other ways, they will likely consider it.
Pryor said on ESPN’s preseason telecast of the Bears-Giants game on Monday night that he’d let the Raiders decide if they want him to appeal his five-game suspension to start the season.
Meanwhile, Jackson said he kept quarterback Jason Campbell out of Monday’s practice as a precaution and he believes he will be back on the field soon. Campbell left the loss at San Francisco early Saturday night. He has yet to pass all of his concussion tests.
In other AFC West news on Monday night:
- San Diego linebacker Stephen Cooper tore his biceps Sunday night in Dallas and he will be put on the injured reserve. Cooper re-signed earlier this month to give the Chargers depth at inside linebacker. He has been battered in recent years and his career could be over. The Chargers like their young inside linebacker but they could look for veteran help in the next few weeks.