The newest Raider, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, won’t join his teammates in Napa until he signs a contract. That formality is expected to be done in short order. For now, Pryor is making the rounds on the national sports talk-show circuit. On Tuesday, he told ProFootballTalk.com that he is a quarterback, period.
“I’ve got to make sure I make myself, I see myself as a quarterback, and show them exactly what I can do,” Pryor said, “and I feel highly that I can get the ball out on time and get together and be a great leader. I don’t even think the receiver thing will even be in the question.”
There has been speculation that the Raiders selected Pryor in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft with an eye toward converting him to wide reciever or tight end.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Monday that Pryor is a quarterback prospect at this time. Pryor said he has no doubt that he will make it as a quarterback in the NFL.
“I don’t think there’s a questions of, if I’ll stay,” Pryor said. “I will stay. The big advantage I have is I can keep plays going. I can make plays, excitement, I believe I can move the ball down the field with my arm and especially with my legs if I have to.”
Jason Campbell, Trent Edwards and Kyle Boller aren’t under contract beyond this season. Therefore, it’s possible that Pryor will enter next season as the odds-on candidate to be the Raiders starting quarterback in 2012.
Footwork is the biggest area of improvement needed by Pryor for him to succeed at quarterback, he said.
“I need to make sure that my feet are right for every throw, so I can get the right power on it, because I feel like I’ve got a hell of an arm,” Pryor said. “But I’ve just got to make sure I get my legs into it, and that ball will just go where I want it. And if I just get it there and have accuracy, I’ll put it where the defender can’t get it. I feel that will be a big advantage to me.”
Pryor is slated to serve a five-game suspension as a result of his role in a slew of infractions committed by Ohio State players. He has said that he intends to honor the suspension.
However, his attorney, David Cornwell, said that Pryor will appeal the suspension. On Tuesday, Pryor said he will appeal if asked to do so by the Raiders.
“If I’m asked by the organization, if they want me to do it, I’ll do it,” Pryor said. “But the only reason I’m not doing it is there’s other great players on the field, and I don’t want to be selfish and have attention on me when it doesn’t need to be.”
Pryor said he is eager to join his new teammates.
“As soon as my agent, Drew Rosenhaus, him and the Oakland Raiders organization get that contract done, then they want to fly me out,” Pryor said. “I don’t know why we’re waiting, but that’s what was said yesterday. I’m just waiting to hear the news and as soon as I hear it, I’m going out.”