NFL Nation: 2013 preseason reaction Week 4 raiders-seahawks
August, 30, 2013
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
It was all laid out for Terrelle Pryor on Thursday night.
And he couldn’t get it done in the Oakland Raiders' 22-6 loss at Seattle.
The third-year player still might end up being the Raiders’ starting quarterback in Week 1 at Indianapolis. But Pryor didn’t make Dennis Allen’s decision easy. The coach wanted to be convinced Thursday night. All Pryor did was convince the Raiders’ coaching staff that he is still very much a work in progress.
If Pryor gets the starting job over Matt Flynn, it will be on-the-job training in the regular season. But so what. Last week, I wrote that Pryor needed to be given the job. I still think so even after he was not very good against the Seahawks.
The reason is, I think Pryor has more potential than Flynn. Flynn is a backup. If he starts, he will just be warming the starting job for someone else come next year. Perhaps Pryor would be doing the same thing. But at least he has a chance to someday grow into the job.
Basically, whether it’s Flynn or Pryor quarterbacking this rebuilding roster, it’s likely going to be tough sledding in Oakland in 2013. But what if the light comes on for Pryor? Oakland needs to figure out if it has something in the third-year quarterback. If not, the Raiders can go get their starter in a strong 2014 draft class.
I am not surprised Pryor didn’t nail down the job Thursday. He’s as green as the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day. He looked lost at times in a game in which he faced mostly Seattle’s backups. He was just 3 of 8 passing and had a dreadful 9.9 passer rating.
At his best, Pryor is a runner; he had 48 yards on three carries. He can make things happen with his legs.
Of course, against first-team NFL defenders and against NFL defensive coordinators who have all week to plan against him, Pryor’s chances to run wild will be neutralized because of his inconsistency as a passer. We saw that Thursday night.
What Thursday night showed us was that Pryor is incapable of nailing down a starting gig. But in Oakland, it might not matter. He still is the right choice.
August, 30, 2013
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com
SEATTLE — For the second consecutive year, the Seattle Seahawks end the preseason undefeated.
That and $4 will get you a Starbucks coffee across the street from Pike Place Market, but the Seahawks will take it and use the momentum to start a season of high expectations and Super Bowl predictions from many experts and fans.
Seattle defeated the Oakland Raiders 22-6 Thursday night at Century Link Field in the typical battle of backups for the final preseason game.
What it means: The Seahawks look like a team ready to contend for the championship. The defense allowed only 36 points in the four preseason games. The biggest problem for the coaches is determining who makes the 53-man roster on what might be the deepest team in the NFL.
Stephen Williams suffers concussion: The one big downer of the night. The receiver has been the biggest surprise on the preseason on offense with his ability to out-battle defenders on deep throws down the sideline. He did it again Thursday, but this time the end result was costly.
Williams made a leaping 50-yard catch on Seattle’s opening drive, out-clawing Oakland defender Phillip Adams for the ball on the long pass from Russell Wilson. But Williams fell backward on the catch and slammed his head into the turf, resulting in a concussion.
That makes Williams’ status for the season opener uncertain. There is a protocol of tests he must go through before getting an OK to practice or play. The good news is that he has 10 days before the opener in Charlotte, N.C., against the Carolina Panthers.
No worries at kicker: Steven Hauschka was perfect against Oakland, making five field goals, including three of more than 50 yards -- a 56-yarder in the first quarter, a 51-yarder in the second and a 53-yarder in the fourth. Hauschka also had five touchbacks on kickoffs.
Jermaine Kearse sees all: Wide receiver Kearse should be the poster boy for Lasik surgery. He was close to perfect in the preseason after having the Lasik procedure in the offseason to improve his vision and end his days of wearing contact lenses. Kearse had two more receptions in the third quarter Thursday, including a 33-yard sideline catch. He ended the preseason with two touchdown catches and a 107-yard kickoff return for a TD.
What’s next: The Seahawks open the regular season at the Panthers on Sept. 8. Seattle defeated Carolina 16-12 last October in Charlotte, but the Seahawks have lost their past two season openers, both of which were on the road.
Seattle is 7-5 in its past 12 season openers, but 2-5 in the past seven openers on the road. Next week’s game will be the 10th time the Seahawks have started the regular season on the road in the past 14 seasons.