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Pryor talks about Al Davis, rookie season, future

By Steve Corkran
Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 7:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor arrived late in training camp last season as a result of being selected by the Raiders in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft.
That, combined with his having to serve a five-game suspension for a violation of NCAA rules at Ohio State, set back Pryor’s development.
Well, now he’s on equal footing with his teammates and ready to make strides toward being a starting NFL quarterback. He realizes that he has to wait his turn, given the Raiders have veteran Carson Palmer on the roster, too. However, he is doing everything he can so that he will be ready when called upon.
Here is what Pryor had to say in a lenghty interview after a recent organized team activity in Alameda:

Q: How much further ahead are you with an actual offseason to work with?
Pryor: Big time in terms of footwork, confidence, believing in myself. All of that stuff is miles ahead with more great things to come.

Q: Interview with Sports Illustrated, questioned things?
Pryor: I’m not going to talk about that. That’s in the past.

Q: How difficult was last year?
Pryor: It was just hard not playing. It’d be like you not being able to report or do something that you love. You maybe love to golf and you can’t, you have a sore arm or whatever or your back and you can’t golf anymore. It just gets frustrating.

Q: How different is the offense?
Pryor: This offense is great. I love this offense. Coach Knapp has got some good stuff going for Carson, myself and Matt. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of this, I’ll tell you that much.

Q: Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp believes in you. How much does that help?
Pryor: I’m not saying that he’s supposed to. I work hard and I do the right thing just like Carson does, just like Matt does. That’s how it should be.

Q: Disappointed they signed Matt Leinart?
A: This is the business of football. You have to have a strong core quarterback group because that’s really what leads the team. Defense does win games, yes. You need everybody to be on the same page, but you need a quarterback to know what’s going on and be able to lead the team. I’m not discouraged at all that Matt’s here. Matt’s a great guy and I’m going to go about my business getting better and working hard and no one out-working me. That’s how I live and that’s how I do things every day, and it won’t change.

Q: Did you get 1 percent better
Pryor: Oh yeah. Big big huge improvement. I spent a lot of time with Coach DiFilipio and I cleaned up the footwork, taking my feet in my progression and nothing but good results.

Q: You really competing for No. 2 spot or content to be No.3?
Pryor: Oh, yes, I’m competing to play.

Q: Have to caution to not try to overdo it after missing last year?
Pryor: Naw, I just go within the plays that I get and within the reps that I get. Just like I said, my 1 percent. I live by that code because that’s all I want to do. I want to get myself better. I’m not worried about … I mean sure, I learned a lot from Carson but I’m not going to worry about what he’s doing. I’m not going to worry about what Matt’s doing because I have to be on my A game every day. I’m competing to play in the second spot, competing to play, get in the game a leader on the field, off the field? That’s the questions I ask myself to see if I got an A today or I got one percent better or what?

Q: Each quarterback have a different skill set?
Pryor: I got a big arm, too. A big arm. I just happen to be able to run and that just adds on to my arsenal. If you go throughout the reads and do the right progression and throw the ball to the right spot where you want it to be, and if nothing’s there and I take off, then that’s a plus.

Q: What did you think about rookie wide receiver Juron Criner?
Pryor: He saved Carson, he saved myself, he saved Matt also. He’s a player. He has learned, just like myself and everybody else, he’s going to be a good one. He catches everything that comes near him. I was very impressed with him.

Q: Relief to get back on the field?
Pryor: It’s good to play this game that I love and continuing to get better every day. It’s a blessing. Different circumstances because I’m behind somebody that’s very talented. I wouldn’t want to learn from anybody else than Carson. But I’m in a different position, I’m working hard to get better every day and learn from him and taking mental reps while he’s in there taking snaps. That’s all I can do right now.

Q: What’s it like learning from Palmer?
Pryor: As a person, he’s one of the best people I’ve ever met, the way he handles his work but he also gets into my technique to fix what I did wrong. He’s great. I couldn’t ask for anyone better.

Q: Coaching change, worry you might not have a place?
Pryor: No, because I knew my work ethic would … I know coaches come in and have a different perspective about you or whoever the player is, and I knew my work ethic and how I drop and do the things that they wanted me to do. It carried myself over into what they wanted done. If I wasn’t doing it right in practice or whatever we’re doing in drills, I would be out here working by myself so it is what they want. But that didn’t really come into my mind.

Q: This offseason, where did you improve?
Pryor: Really just footwork and having a chance to learn the offense. I didn’t know anything last year, nothing at all. I knew some of the stuff going into games and stuff like that but starting from Day 1 here right now when the new coaches came in. On the other hand I came in last year at the end of camp and everything was already put in. I couldn’t ask the coach, the offensive coordinator. We didn’t even have a quarterbacks coach so I couldn’t even learn anything from that standpoint. So this is definitely a blessing and this is in God’s hands.

Q: What was that one play you were in for going to be if it hadn’t been negated by the penalty?
PRYOR: Just a quarterback sneak. But I mean, I was doing what I was told. I never heard of a rule — neither did any of our coaches know the rule — of getting under the center too fast and snapping the ball too fast.

Did you know that?
Q: No, I didn’t know that, either. So it’s unfortunate…

Q: Were there going to be more plays for you in that game?
PRYOR: I had a whole package in. But I think that whole package didn’t come in maybe because of that play or the score ended up being 21-7 or 21-0, I can’t remember. That screwed it up, too.

Q: You think you could’ve played more in the following games if that play had gone better?
PRYOR: I don’t know. I was told to take the snap just like I did. So I obeyed my coaches and did exactly what they told me to do. But it’s my fault. We’ll do it like that. I’ll take the responsibility. The score–I’ll take it as the score was 21-7 and I couldn’t get in.

Q: Do you have any indication that they might be adding specialty plays for you this season?
PRYOR: Competing to play. Carson is the starter and he’s going to be the starter. But I don’t put myself as I’m going to be backup. I mean, I don’t sit around saying, ‘I want to be a backup, that’s what I want to be.’ That’s not how I operate. That’s not how I want to be. I’m going to work to play. And Carson’s always played well and always will. Whenever the opportunity comes for me to play, I’ll play. But I’m not planning to be a back-up. Get that correct.

Q: How much does it help to have a veteran like Carson to learn from?
PRYOR: Oh, he’s great. A lot of the stuff I know right now I’ve learned from Carson. It’s just great to have him here.

Q: What kinds of stuff does he say to you?
PRYOR: Just something small, like we were watching film today and I threw a pass, I completed it, but after the play he’s like, ‘Look where your left foot was, your pointer foot, it was turned inside.’ And I was throwing the ball across the field. So little things like that that he does all the time. That’s a big help just to hear it from him. He’s taking all his time to give a word for me to get better.

Q: Dennis Allen has said there’s a lot in you to prove to people you can play quarterback in the NFL. Is that a driving thing for you?
PRYOR: Yeah. I’m just looking for my opportunity, because when I get an opportunity, it’s on from there. Of course, it fuels me that people say I couldn’t be a quarterback or stuff like that. But my plan is in God’s hands, like I said before, and with my work ethic and within myself. And whatever anybody else says it’s irrelevant to me. It really doesn’t matter to me.

Q: Did you ever get a chance to talk to Al Davis?
PRYOR: I talked to him a couple times a week before he passed. He would give me a call. Just a couple times a week–he would just tell me he believed in me and stuff like that. Nothing very… I’m not sure exactly what was going on with him… We would get on the phone and we would chat.

Q: Do you view this almost as a true rookie year for you because of the limitations of last year?
PRYOR: What I can say about last year is I learned the speed of the corners, I learned what the NFL is, in terms of, you have to get back and get rid of the ball. The rush is between the D-linemen getting to you, nothing else. So I learned the speed of the D-linemen, you’ve got to get the ball out fast because of them. You’ve got to throw at different angles. From that standpoint, no, I’d say this is my second year. Because I learned an awful lot by taking snaps against the first team in… the practice-role doing the scout team. I learned a lot in terms of physical stuff like that. So I learned a good bit. I’d say this is my second year because I did learn a lot.

Q: Have you convinced some of the WRs to stay out here for you to throw to?
PRYOR: Oh yeah. We’ve got a bunch of hard-working guys. We also have guys that want to get better. No one’s good enough not to get enough work.

Q: Allen has said how hard a worker you are. You think you surprise coaches sometimes by working that hard?
PRYOR: I like to work hard, you know? Because when it’s my time to play, I want to be more than ready. I want guys to be like, ‘Wow.’ That’s it.

Q: When’s that going to be?
PRYOR: Whenever the time comes.

Q: When you have those conversations with Al Davis, does that motivate you?
PRYOR: Yeah, that drives me. Because the last pick–the last pick may not mean anything. I might not mean nothing to anybody. But to me, you know, it kind of felt like–last pick of a guy that made a legacy of football. He was just a well-known guy. Being the last pick… I mean, that’s special, just in that sense, just how his name is always brought up. He’s on HBO shows now after his death. It’s just an honor, how much I have to, I want to.

Q: What’s it like to finally have a QBs coach, like DeFilippo, unlike last year?
PRYOR: Oh, it’s great. You learn. He’s all about technique and stuff. He works with me, I’m always around him, I’m always texting him, getting input, so it’s great. To have somebody to lean on when I need to know something, (instead of)
just having an offensive coordinator. I mean, I never heard of that before. I didn’t know what I was getting into coming in here. It’s definitely great that Mr. McKenzie got a quarterback coach because I’m learning a lot.

Q: Was it DeFilippo who noticed the technique work you needed?
PRYOR: A lot of my throws, it was all in my feet, in my hips and how I carried my feet. Since I picked up that stuff up, my balls are becoming very accurate. It’s helping.

Q: You’re already noticing a difference?
PRYOR: Oh, yes, huge. Huge difference. I sit back in the film room and I watch Carson and then Carson helps me. So it’s great. I’ve got a great opportunity and it’s a great time. Because I’m learning a great bit.

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  • guest123

    Kellen Winslow is a malcontent and that’s with him making big money. Imagine how hard he’ll work for NFL minimum? Yeah, that sounds like someone the Raiders need! lol.

    Again if I had NFL ticket, I’d be watching only the Raiders games, but I don’t so I see a lot more Bucs than probably anyone on this board. Regardless of if you have NFL ticket or not.

  • guest123

    lol @ national media like Adam Schein who would love nothing better than the Raiders continue to be dysfunctional and take other people’s trash. It gives them hope to keep writing their hate articles.

  • guest123

    Something else you’d be getting with Winslow. Shot knees. He has to take painkillers on the sidelines just to make it through the game.

  • DMAC

    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    So we’re getting closer to that Thunder-Heat Final.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:17 am
    lol @ national media like Adam Schein who would love nothing better than the Raiders continue to be dysfunctional and take other people’s trash. It gives them hope to keep writing their hate articles.

    —-

    *sigh*

    Your the guy who we have to explain to others “Im not that kind of Raider fan”..

  • hwnrdr

    DMAC Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:18 am
    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    So we’re getting closer to that Thunder-Heat Final.

    What’s up DMAC? Do you really believe that the Spurs are going to lose to the Thunder?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Winslow has been playing on 1 knee. And still performing. Toughh. Physical.

    We wouldnt need him to play all the snaps, thats why he is a fit.

  • hwnrdr

    Also, with Boston owning Miami in the regular series…

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:19 am

    DMAC Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:18 am
    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    So we’re getting closer to that Thunder-Heat Final.

    What’s up DMAC? Do you really believe that the Spurs are going to lose to the Thunder?
    ============

    What up Hwnrdr
    The Spurs are a great team, but I think the Thunder are to athletic for an aging Spurs team.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:20 am
    Also, with Boston owning Miami in the regular series…

    —-

    Lets just hope the Pacers can win the series..

  • Silverandblack666

    Winslow was Freemans only target the last few years is why he has caught so many balls on one knee.

    I doubt he will take a pay cut and he can be a locker room diva.

  • DMAC

    Fk Winslow!
    Ausberry will surprise a whole lot of folks.

  • hwnrdr

    The thing with Winslow though…do you think that Reggie and DA feel that we need a vet presence, no matter who, at the TE position?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DMAC Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:22 am
    hwnrdr Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:19 am

    DMAC Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:18 am
    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    So we’re getting closer to that Thunder-Heat Final.

    What’s up DMAC? Do you really believe that the Spurs are going to lose to the Thunder?
    ============

    What up Hwnrdr
    The Spurs are a great team, but I think the Thunder are to athletic for an aging Spurs team.

    —-

    The problem is when the Thunder go small with Durant at the 4.

    How do the Spurs matchup?..

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:22 am
    Winslow was Freemans only target the last few years is why he has caught so many balls on one knee.

    I doubt he will take a pay cut and he can be a locker room diva.

    —-

    Or, he was who Freeman always threw to because Freeman is young & a TE is always the security blanket for a young QB..

  • hwnrdr

    DMAC, but right now, they have the right blend of age with their young guys! They argubly have the deepest bench, along with The Pacers!

    Deuce, I think The Pacers just may surprise! And watch out for Philly!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    And if he was the only target and STILL caught that many passes on 1 knee, defenses knew this…you get the point.. Thanks.

  • guest123

    DMAC Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:22 am
    Fk Winslow!
    Ausberry will surprise a whole lot of folks.

    *******

    co-sign!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:24 am
    DMAC, but right now, they have the right blend of age with their young guys! They argubly have the deepest bench, along with The Pacers!

    Deuce, I think The Pacers just may surprise! And watch out for Philly!

    —-

    The Pacers & Sixers are great for the game. Un-selfish team ball..

    Too bad thats not what BSPN wants to show..

  • hwnrdr

    Also, do you think Kellen Winslow, Sr will allow Jr to come to Oakland?…lol
    Hey you never know!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I agree, I like Ausberry.

    Thing is we cant put all we have on a guy like him panning out.

    Hate to be a year from now saying, man if had a TE we would have made a playoff run.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:27 am
    Also, do you think Kellen Winslow, Sr will allow Jr to come to Oakland?…lol
    Hey you never know!

    —-

    Thomas Howard’s dad didnt mind?..lol

  • hwnrdr

    Oh DMAC…go A’s! So who’s fault was it Friday’s? Parker, or Melvin for letting him pitch while sick? Or did they have a choice?

  • DEATHROW 55

    Can we get mlb now? Screw Winslow we need a MLB the qb of the defence ours will be in jail for a few months and will come out in bad shape and slower, this is a big deal!!

  • guest123

    Or, he was who Freeman always threw to because Freeman is young & a TE is always the security blanket for a young QB..

    *********

    More like there really wasn’t any WR’s Freeman could count on. Winslow got the targets by default. He’s not a security blanket. He can’t even play multiple plays in a row. Sucks at blocking anyone. Complains if he’s not at least the #2 receiver on his team. Diva psxxy, and Ausberry is going to be a big part of this offense. We don’t need or want this washed up KW. I predict it will be his last in the league. He’s running/limping on fumes.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DEATHROW 55 Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:29 am
    Can we get mlb now? Screw Winslow we need a MLB the qb of the defence ours will be in jail for a few months and will come out in bad shape and slower, this is a big deal!!

    —-

    Our starting MLB is already on the roster.

  • DMAC

    I don’t know really know how Knapp will utilize his TE’s in this Offense, but what I do know is that CP3 doesn’t throw to his TE’s much anyway. I think our starting TE’s will be in to block a whole lot and occasionally make the catch when their # is called.
    Ausberry, Myers and Gordon will be fine.

  • DJ Johnny

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Our starting MLB is already on the roster.

    Are u saying McClain will be the guy regardless of whether he goes to jail or not?

    My understanding is if he doesn’t get his appeal then he goes in the first part of June…

    That IS a problem.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DMAC Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:30 am
    I don’t know really know how Knapp will utilize his TE’s in this Offense, but what I do know is that CP3 doesn’t throw to his TE’s much anyway. I think our starting TE’s will be in to block a whole lot and occasionally make the catch when their # is called.
    Ausberry, Myers and Gordon will be fine.

    —-

    Well considering he brought in Leinart due to familiarity, We can look at Houston’s offense & see the TE used heavily..

    I agree the guys on roster should be capable.

    Im saying on a cheap deal, Winslow is too good to pass up.

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Oh DMAC…go A’s! So who’s fault was it Friday’s? Parker, or Melvin for letting him pitch while sick? Or did they have a choice?
    =============

    Can’t fault the kid for wanting to pitch. We lost Friday, no excuses. What a bull schit call on Saturday, though. Didn’t we just discussed all the blown calls these old ass umps were committing?

  • guest123

    I agree that CP3 won’t need the TE much anyway. I think Criner will fill the role of possession receiver and move the chains. Ausberry, Myers and Gordon will do fine playing supplementary roles and a lot of blocking. Offense doesn’t flow thru the TE.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DJ Johnny Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:32 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Our starting MLB is already on the roster.

    Are u saying McClain will be the guy regardless of whether he goes to jail or not?

    My understanding is if he doesn’t get his appeal then he goes in the first part of June…

    That IS a problem.

    —-

    Im saying that the starting MLB is on the roster already. Wether it be McClain, Curry, Goethel, Burris or Stupar.

    McClain wont see a court room until after the season. These athletes always get to play their season out..

  • DEATHROW 55

    Goethal will be hurt tomorrow and stupar wasn’t drafted to start. Burris I like oh wait could he be the one with wheeler and curry as outside backers? I like but no depth we need depth still……,

  • DennisAllensVisor

    You guys really didnt watch Houston games??

    Bootleg offense uses the TE, a lot.

    Pssst…Thats what we will be doing.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Pacers & Sixers are great for the game. Un-selfish team ball..

    ***

    truth, here

    rooting for Philly & Miami to make it to RD3

    as DMAC predicted before the season started, Thunder/Heat in Finals

  • DMAC

    So how many games will Goodell suspend Romac for?

    4-6 games or the entire season?

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Is there anything going on today? Practice? Anyone arrested over the weekend? Something!

  • hwnrdr

    I didn’t watch Saturday, I know it was 0-0 until what? The 8th? What happened?

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Goodell=season

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I didn’t watch Saturday, I know it was 0-0 until what? The 8th? What happened?
    ============

    Here’s the story on the blown call.

    http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2012/05/19/a-blown-call-from-jim-joyce-and-james-hoye-should-lead-to-a-severe-punishment-by-major-league-baseball/

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Saying Criner will be the posession guy sounds good.

    Fact is the object is having your base offense in and being able to do multiple things. Thats what Houston does.

    Line up 2 WRs, RB, FB, TE.. and do everything.

    Taking the TE off the field makes no sense in this offense.

  • RaiderRockstar

    You guys really didnt watch Houston games??

    Bootleg offense uses the TE, a lot.

    Pssst…Thats what we will be doing.

    ***

    @DAV

    Carson Palmer running bootlegs isn’t using your personnel to their strengths. I hope this doesn’t happen. You don’t put a guy with Kerry Collins type mobility in a Jeff Garcia type offense. He might be on I.R. by Week 7

    btw, Palmer isn’t Schaub either. I don’t see the comparison

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DMAC Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:37 am
    So how many games will Goodell suspend Romac for?

    4-6 games or the entire season?

    —-

    None until after the trial by jury IMO.

  • guest123

    RoMac’s possible replacements:

    Goethal is our defensive answer to Chaz Schilens
    Curry is limited in pass coverage and can’t stop the run. Burris is a rookie and has a steep learning curve.

    I’m hoping Burris is a quick learner.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    DJ Johnny Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:32 am

    My understanding is if he doesn’t get his appeal then he goes in the first part of June…

    That IS a problem.

    ================================================

    His appeal is guaranteed. Alabama law states that if your first judge-only trial results in jail time, you can automatically appeal it to a “de novo” jury trial (which basically means everything starts over again).

  • DEATHROW 55

    Where did that MLB from Houston go to I think his name was Sammy Brown??

  • DennisAllensVisor

    That being said, Id rather have Plax/TO, EJ Henderson or Benson before Winslow.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Guest123 Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:39 am
    RoMac’s possible replacements:

    Goethal is our defensive answer to Chaz Schilens
    Curry is limited in pass coverage and can’t stop the run. Burris is a rookie and has a steep learning curve.

    I’m hoping Burris is a quick learner.

    ===========================================

    It wouldn’t be Burris at MLB. They’re training him for OLB.

    If our MLB is someone on the roster, it’ll be either Curry, Goethel or Stupar.

  • guest123

    Palmer isn’t Schaub either. I don’t see the comparison

    *****

    agreed. And I don’t think GK will try to force him to be a Jeff Garcia type. He is what he is.

  • DMAC

    I would roll the dice on EJ Henderson. We would actually get to see what a real MLB plays like.