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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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  • big oak boy

    that’s Terrell Pryor

    i wounder what number wil he get

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    T. Pryor @ OLB =100 tackles, unassisted.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    I think if Pryor gets the book down,he makes his first start in week 8 or 9!

  • Ryan

    I’ll take Pryor as my MUP.

  • TheGeneral

    Number 2 is cursed and he should not be number 2

  • bcz24

    Trevor Scott is suited up for practice.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Brien, didn’t that number get stricken from the team?

  • TheGeneral

    Boller should be cut he is useless but his wife is hot

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Edwards is already our 2nd QB

  • raideredoutL.A.

    How is a 3rd rounder such a high pick. LOL

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Pryor’s agent assumes he will be playing QB. It’s on right now.

  • DeuceDeuce

    raideredoutL.A. Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    Edwards is already our 2nd QB

    Did you see that awesome ball he threw before half time?..

  • TheGeneral

    Pryor’s agent says five years from now he will be the best qb in Nfl

  • raideredoutL.A.

    For once I want to believe Drew Rosenhaus.

  • big oak boy

    ford might take 21 now that nnamdi is gone and pryor wears 12

  • Dakota

    251.big oak boy Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    that’s Terrell Pryor

    i wounder what number wil he get
    +++++++++++++

    #2 baby….I hear there is a degenerate purple drank addict who has a nice necklace for sale:

    http://d0inw0rk.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/jamarcus-russell-bling.jpg

    Maybe a Ohio State booster can buy the necklace for Pryor as a parting gift for all the greatness he brought to The Ohio State?

  • lefty12

    Campbell and Edwards are both injury prone.Getting rid of Boller wouldn’t be a very good idea at this time.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Sure did. Boller looked worse.

  • Sullivan44

    If Boller gets cut, his hot wife isn’t going to be his wife for long. You think that bimbo married him because she likes him as a person, or, funnier yet, because of his religious values?

  • ghostraiders

    I wouldn’t take tebow over Campbell. … but with that said. .. I don’t think Campbell’s the answer. .. very unsure of himself… I have no confidence in him…mainly because he doesn’t seem to have confidence in himself….

  • TheGeneral

    Whos next TATUPU…MORRISON???

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Boller will be playing for his job next game. Frye is on alert.

  • lefty12

    DD-was that int he threw any worse than the pass JC refused to throw to his TE in the end zone who was wide open?No points due to either pass.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Campbell gets the ol hook week 4, enter Edwards gunslinging it to the tune of 300+ yds and 4 ints. its gonna be fun, not just very productive.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    goethel looks like a back up. I wonder if he can play olb. Romac is easily ahead of goethel

  • Thec07

    237.Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    RoMac has the odds stacked against him with Chucky B calling the plays…

    +++++++++++=

    Was screaming for a true NT….

  • RaydaSwagger

    Obviously.

  • bcz24

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Football! Jacoby Ford back on #Raiders practice field catching passes. Darren McFadden too
    1 minute ago

  • big oak boy

    boller is gone he let hue down and lost to the whiners boller u are the weakest link but the wife stays

  • Thec07

    John Henderson is cool however, he is injury prone, will not hold up a ful season…

  • Mum-O-killowe

    Inonewordraider Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    I thought romac was good in the game. he was the only lb i saw forcing the ball carrier or making tackles.

    in your opinion who looked better at mlb Mcclain or Goethel?
    —————————————————————–

    McClain look like a good young NFL MLB, Goethel looked like a guy trying out for a spot on the team.

  • Thec07

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Football! Jacoby Ford back on #Raiders practice field catching passes. Darren McFadden too
    1 minute ago

    ++++++++++===

    Cool, good to see the Real starz coming back…

  • big oak boy

    bcz24 Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Football! Jacoby Ford back on #Raiders practice field catching passes. Darren McFadden too
    1 minute ago

    thanks for update is ford wearing21

  • Thec07

    Taiwan Jones should be back as well…

  • Dakota

    Charlie Casserly’s pre-draft assessment on McClain still haunts me (paraphrasing)….

    ….doesn’t shed blockers….
    ….not very fast side to side…
    …doesn’t make many big plays for being so hyped…

    So far Charlie is dead on. I hope he is wrong. So far he isn’t….

  • Sullivan44

    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.

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    I think RoMac is pretty good in the open field, and, if he get’s his hands on you, you’re going down.

  • Mum-O-killowe

    RaideredoutL.A. Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    For once I want to believe Drew Rosenhaus.
    —————————————-

    That’s a BAD idea!

  • big oak boy

    Most of them are probably banging Chargers’ starters.

    the chargers bang other chargers (players)

  • Dakota

    283.big oak boy Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    thanks for update is ford wearing21

    ++++++++++++++++

    As a WR, I don’t think Ford could wear #21 unless all the numbers in the 80s and all of the numbers between 10-19 have been taken.

    Plus, I believe, there are time limits where if a player chooses to change their number they have to pay the NFL for all of the merchandise that has been run with their original number unless they get the request in on time. Not sure if that limit is up this year already or not.

  • lefty12

    KK-since it appears DHB is coming around,they have to find a highly drafted/starting player to complain about.

  • Toe Jam

    Pryor priority = Raider future QB, per Hue Jackson/Al Davis

  • raidertbone

    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.
    ________________________________________

    By now, the Bollers should be used to getting run out of town!

  • Toe Jam

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d821a6794/article/pryor-must-focus-on-fundamentals-work-ethic-to-be-an-nfl-qb
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Interesting read here.

    Pryors’ success will be simple; don’t give him 66 million to start off his NFL career.

  • Dakota

    Muammar al-Qaddafi’s regime is “coming to an end”, Al Davis you are next!

    J/K….but oh how I wish.

  • raidertbone

    raideredoutL.A. Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Boller will be playing for his job next game. Frye is on alert.
    ________________________________-

    I can’t believe that ol’ Charlie is still on the team. I guess they had to have a few arms to throw balls during training camp.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Cohn is giving Pryor good press on Al’s decision to land him. SportsCenter

  • Sullivan44

    Sure. Russell would have been a fine QB if he’d just taken the contract Al was offering him.

  • Hagar the Horrible

    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.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Toe Jam, they said $2.6 mil for 6 years is being bandied about. fwiw