Terrelle Pryor to Compete For Raiders Starting QB Job in 2013
Carson Palmer is still the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, but that may not be a fact for long. That is, of course, if Terrelle Pryor can make the type of strides players like Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have recently. And if he can, the Raiders just might let him be their new starter.
Per Alex Marvez via Twitter, GM Reggie McKenzie has made it known that Pryor will have a chance to start in 2013.
This isn’t just fodder for the cannon, either, as Pryor fared quite well in Oakland’s narrow season-ending loss to the San Diego Chargers. In fact, he accounted for three touchdowns and looked like the hot prospect that once hailed from Ohio State. And despite many the many misses the Raiders have had in the draft over the years, there’s at least a chance that Pryor could be one of those diamonds in the ruff to make it out alive – from the depths of the Supplemental draft, no less.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Oakland is just being open about the fact that the kid is talented, and he showed glimpses of being something special in one game. Considering their current starter, Carson Palmer, hasn’t exactly been getting it done in terms of winning, the Raiders owe it to themselves, the fans, and even Pryor to see what the kid has.
Maybe it just means Palmer gets pushed to be a better quarterback and leader. Then again, maybe it means we have a brand new story about a young, athletic quarterback rising from the ashes to make his mark on the NFL.
This is fantastic news for any desperate dynasty owners who stashed Pryor, as he actually has a decent chance of getting this thing IF the Raiders are serious about letting it happen. Palmer is without a doubt more accurate and has way better pocket presence, but there’s no denying Pryor’s excellent combination of size, arm strength, athleticism and potential. He’ll have to make major strides as a passer from now until week one of next season, but he’s certainly a guy to start keeping tabs on, even in re-draft fantasy leagues.