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Pryor-Russell comparisons are laughable

Pinch-hitting for Steve Corkran today . . .

Dick Vitale said on his Twitter account the Raiders are hoping quarterback Terrelle Pryor isn’t another JaMarcus Russell.

He’s not the only one. I’ve heard it dozens of times since I wrote two months ago the Raiders should consider Pryor, an idea that became a reality Monday when Oakland forfeited its third-round pick in the 2012 draft to take the Ohio State quarterback.

Well, they’re both pretty big for quarterbacks and they do have the same skin color.

The comparisons end there.

Russell was cut after making $39 million, making it a disaster when he became a washout. Pryor, according to John Clayton’s calculations, will get around $591,000 guaranteed as the No. 18 pick in the third round, the way contracts are slotted.

Russell played 25 games as a college quarterback, going 21-4 an builidng his reputation with a Sugar Bowl MVP performance against an overmatched Notre Dame team. Pryor was 31-4, winning both the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl MVPs against more competitive opponents in Oregon and Arkansas.

Russell came in as a fabulous arm attached to a soft body and a questionable work ethic. Pryor’s passing game is said to be in need of work, but he’s a fabulous physical specimen whose propnensity for work has not been questioned.

Russell could play no other position but quarterback, unless the Raiders secretly toyed with the idea of lining him up inside with Tommy Kelly once his weight approached 300 pounds. Pryor could be either a wide receiver or a pass receiving tight end if it doesn’t work out at quarterback.

Is it possible Pryor doesn’t have what it takes to be an NFL quarterback? Absolutely, that’s the nature of the position. Happens all the time. But there are fallback options if it doesn’t as a playmaking receiver and the economic reality is his contract won’t be the elephant in the room as it was with Russell.

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  • Sullivan44

    O-bama just wrapped up another middle east dictatorship. First bin Laden dead, now Ghadafi on therun. Thank you, commander.

  • raidertbone

    I very much dislike Drew Rosenhaus – but, in this case, I am rooting for his young client like nobody’s business!

  • Sullivan44

    O-bama administration’s foreign policy: Bush’s policy, but with results.

  • Toe Jam

    298.Sullivan44 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Sure. Russell would have been a fine QB if he’d just taken the contract Al was offering him.

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    You know what I meant by that and you know it. Quit tryin to start something.

  • Toe Jam

    300.860Todd Christensen Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Toe Jam, they said $2.6 mil for 6 years is being bandied about. fwiw

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    Awesome.

  • Sullivan44

    Hagar, it’s just that some of us have lived enough to know what women like Prejean are really like, underneath their congeniality and phoniness. You clearly haven’t. But I’ll bet you enjoy googling photos of her and getting your keyboard all sticky.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    If he comes in and is a Vick, that will change. The guarentee is $591.000.

  • Sullivan44

    Wow. Now I get it! If Russell weren’t paid as much, he’d be a pro bowler by now! Yeah, that’s it.

  • Mum-O-killowe

    Sullivan44 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Sure. Russell would have been a fine QB if he’d just taken the contract Al was offering him.
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    No, Russell would have been a good QB if he was not a drug addict, and had an ounc if work ethic!

  • big oak boy

    Russell had the nerve to hold out on us the lazy mofo didnt want to go to tranning camp

  • Twocents

    Sullivan by any other name is still an idiot.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Hainesworth, no dicipline from NFL, just in!

  • Mum-O-killowe

    Don’t sign Pryor for less than 5 years! It’s might take some time, and we want to reap the rewards, not the Eagles!

  • Sullivan44

    It’s amazing Russell couldn’t succeed on a team like the Raiders. When you think Raiders, you think organization, efficiency, a good work environment. Just as Rich Gannon said, there’s never chaos with the Raiders. Amazing Russell couldn’t succeed in that environment…

  • water under the bridge

    wussle ould o been a goood qb if all that money didnt go to his hed. now drop it, hes is history. that was a sory chapter in oakland raider lore that is now behind us. i wish him the bust, i mean best, wherever he is.

  • water under the bridge

    317.Sullivan44 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    It’s amazing Russell couldn’t succeed on a team like the Raiders. When you think Raiders, you think organization, efficiency, a good work environment. Just as Rich Gannon said, there’s never chaos with the Raiders. Amazing Russell couldn’t succeed in that environment…

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    weally?

  • Sullivan44

    The Raiders are one of the league’s perennial winners of the past decade. The Raiders have the best offensive line, and the most consistency in their coaching staffs. Rarely a turnover. Russell could not have been thrown into a better environment. So, yeah, he has no excuse. lol

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Tebow roast on SportsCenter right now. Too Funny!

  • M Lonetree

    once upon a time, long ago and far away, this morning in fact, many posters here were lamenting this entire upcoming season as a bust because of a $h!tty performance on the past Sat night.
    this afternoon the timbre is as if the sky has stopped falling because an unknown quantity of a draftee under suspension has been added to the mix.
    man, sometimes in here is like a composition between some teenagers.

    Hue Jack City is moving on, ladies and gentlemen, to the next day/phase.

  • http://raiders.com Raider Ray

    Hagar The Horrible Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Sullivan44…you’re really off the wall ragging on Boller’s wife. You know absolutely nothing about their relationship, and the fact that she may be a beautiful woman doesn’t mean she’s a bimbo, or that she embarrassed by him or she facing ridicule. You’re talking like a fool with his head-up-his-azz. If you’re a true Raiders, then leave family members of players out of your comments. Show some class.
    ———
    Jeff Garcia’s wife is much hotter

    http://mike100915.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/camella.jpg

  • imaquaman

    i wouldnt worry too much about not having many picks in next years draft ,al davis has some experience picking up free agents (some good some not so good )but i would say over the last 50 years no team has picked up more free agents than the raiders that worked out good.also with few draft picks there will be more cap room .also most rookies take a few years to help ,but free agents can step in right away usually .our team is real young right now ,in 2012 add some veteran free agents with our up an coming youth …its all in the game plan just watch youll see

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    new post

  • SR Raider

    Thanks Jerry. I now feel a little better about this pick. Another plus for Pryor – he had 10 more college starts than fatboy. Starts in college is the only statistic that (weakly) correlates to success for QB’s in the NFL

  • JB

    PA-RAIDER Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Wildcat……Pryor, McFadden, Bush, Taiwan……toss to Jacoby, Denarius, DHB……..WOWWWWWWW
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    Sounds like the original Notre Dame 4 horsemen backfield. There’s more speed there than in WA state. Who’s got the ball? We got more than enough to hold a track meet.

  • dvrick

    # RaiderDuck Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Dvrick, take your racist garbage (Post #138) somewhere else.

    Thank you.
    *********** I wasn’t the one that made the origional post stupid.Vince Young,Vick,McNabb,TJAC,McNair,J.Russell,and the list goes on,Known for what?As soon as they feel pressure they start running around instead of stepping up in the pocket.That is poor decision making that is panic!!

  • dvrick

    # lefty12 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    R8dercain-You can respond to dvrick,because he is always right.

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    # lefty12 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    It isn’t so much how intelligent a QB is it is how fast can you think and make snap decisions.Black QB’S DON’T have good decision making skills it’s always run at the first sign of pressure making things worse.Look at all the BLK QB’S in the league and try and prove me wrong!Once again a very bad decision by the Raiders!!!!!
    ============================

    What a piece of shidd. You never would say that to my face with out swallowing some teeth

  • dvrick

    # BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    149.lefty12 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    R8dercain-don’t respond to the clown,it only encourages it.

    ************************I actually agree with him!!!!

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    gollam looks like a back up. I wonder if he can play olb. Romo is easily ahead of gollam.Wish we had P.Rivers and Tolbert and Norv we’d be on our way.

  • dvrick

    # Sullivan44 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    O-bama administration’s foreign policy: Bush’s policy, but without results.

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    # dvrick Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    # lefty12 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    It isn’t so much how intelligent a QB is it is how fast can you think and make snap decisions.Black QB’S DON’T have good decision making skills it’s always run at the first sign of pressure making things worse.Look at all the BLK QB’S in the league and try and prove me wrong!Once again a very bad decision by the Raiders!!!!!
    ============================

    What a piece of shidd. You never would say that to my face with out swallowing some teeth
    *** Well FACTS ARE FACTS YOU CRIMINAL THUG!!!

  • dvrick

    # dvrick Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 9:54 am

    # Mistic1 Tha STupidvillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    # lefty12 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    It isn’t so much how intelligent a QB is it is how fast can you think and make snap decisions.Black QB’S DON’T have good decision making skills it’s always run at the first sign of pressure making things worse.Look at all the BLK QB’S in the league and try and prove me wrong!Once again a very bad decision by the Raiders!!!!!
    ============================

    What a piece of shidd. You never would say that to my face with out swallowing some teeth
    *** Well FACTS ARE FACTS YOU CRIMINAL THUG!!!

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I thought romo was good in the game. he was the only qb i saw forcing the ball carrier or making tackles.

  • dvrick

    # Sullivan44 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Boller’s stock already plummeted with the Mrs. when he landed on the Raiders. She’s embarrassed enough by him being a perennial 3rd stringer. But on a bad team, to boot? No doubt she’s faced some ridicule with her SD diva housewife circle over that. Most of them are probably banging Chargers’ starters.GO CHARGERS SUPER BOWL BOUND!!!!!

  • dvrick

    # big oak boy Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    that’s Terrell Pryor

    i wounder what number wil he get probably zero because that’s what he’ll be.

  • jaysus

    I heard this guy interviewed on the radio and I can tell you another thing he has in common with Russell, he sounds dumb, and there’s nothing laughable about that….but thankfully he doesn’t mention god in every other sentence

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