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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Pryor takes step closer to starting job

By Bill Williamson


This is Terrelle Pryor's chance.

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced Sunday that presumed starting quarterback Matt Flynn has arm soreness and that Pryor will work with the first-team offense and he will start Thursday night against Seattle. At first glance, it’s not overly significant Pryor is starting the preseason finale because it's usually a chance for backups to play more.

However, after Flynn -- who is dealing with the same tendonitis issue that bothered him last summer in Seattle -- struggled Friday in a home loss to Chicago and Pryor gave the team a spark, this news is a big deal.

Saturday, I wrote the rebuilding Raiders need to give Pryor a chance to show whether he can handle the starting job. Now that he is working with the first team, Allen is giving Pryor the chance to show he can keep the job.

Regardless of what Pryor does in the Seattle game, if he practices well, I can see him getting the chance to open the regular season as the starter. It's clear that's the direction the Raiders are pointing to, and this minor arm injury of Flynn’s may be simply opening the door for Pryor.