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Pryor ready to roll when called upon

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 4:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor spoke at length Wednesday about what life is like sitting behind Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, how he spends his time and how much progress he has made since training camp.
One thing he doesn't do is look at the rapid ascension of 49ers second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wonder what if?
"I don’t judge myself by other people," Pryor said. "What he does is what he does. I’m just confident I could go in and make some plays as much as I can. If God gives me the blessing to do that, I look forward to it. But if not, I’ll roll on. I’ll be OK. I’ll be back for next year."
Coach Dennis Allen said Monday that he and his coaches have "discussed" the prospect of playing Pryor in some capacity this season.
Allen said Wednesday that there's a possibility of Pryor being active Sunday against the Cleveland Browns as the No. 3 quarterback. Pryor hasn't been active for any of Oakland's first 11 games.
Pryor has little chance of playing in a game if he's the No. 3 quarterback. Yet, at some point Allen said he wants to get a look at Pryor.
"There will be a time where we’ve got to look at him and see what he can do," Allen said.
Especially if the Raiders have any intention of moving on from Palmer anytime in the next two seasons. Palmer is signed through 2016, Pryor is under contract through 2014.
It's on thing to see Pryor play in an exhibition game, it's quite another to see him play against, say, the Denver Broncos in a game that counts in the standings and has huge playoff implications for the Broncos.
To that end, Pryor said he has the playbook down pat and feels as if he is ready to turn it loose in a game.
"It’s kind of like picking an opponent on paper," Pryor said. "You can say you’ve got it, but once you get on the field, you don’t know if you’ve got it. I don’t know if I do or not, but if we were to talk and you were to give me a formation for this upcoming week I’d know every single play. I’d know where everyone’s at, I’d know all the responsibilities. That’s on paper, that’s not on the field, with four guys 300-pounds are flying at you. So, I don’t know."
Pryor is confident that he has improved a great deal since training camp, when he talked at length about the need to get better with his footwork and accuracy.
"I’ve been doing a lot of footwork," Pryor said. "It’s amazing, the accuracy that I have now. I’m able to step into my throws and throw exactly where I want the ball at, and I just keep getting better at that. As a quarterback, you never get to that level where you stop working. There’s always room for improvement and that’s all I’m looking for."
Palmer has mentored Pryor since the day he arrived in a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals last October. He said he realizes that Pryor is in a difficult situation. At the same time, he is impressed by the way Pryor handles himself.
"There’s been zero dropoff," Palmer said of Pryor's commitment. "He’s in a tough spot being the third-stringer, where you don’t get a chance to dress out, but (he) studies his butt off, continues to work, gets as many reps as he can in practice, is completely in it."

-- Nos. 1 and 2 running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson returned to practice today after missing the past three games.
Allen said, "They look like they’re working their way back."
Which is another way of saying, they have a ways to go before they're as sharp as they were before they suffered high-ankle sprains Nov. 4.
Allen said McFadden and Goodson took reps with the first-team offense, even though they were limited in their participation. The weather Sunday won't impact the decision whether they play against the Browns or not, Allen added.
Regardless of how well and how fast they heal, Allen said fullback Marcel Reece will continue to be a vital part of the rushing attack.
"Marcel has earned the right to carry the ball some," Allen said. "We’ll still use him in that capacity, yes."
Palmer said it's a benefit to the Raiders just having Reece on the field, especially when he is in the backfield at the same time as McFadden.
"It gives you something to worry about defensively preparing for us," Palmer said. "You don't know. Marcel's been in the backfield to block when Darren's been in the games and now gives us a little more unknown, you don;t know exactly what's coming at you.
"Marcel can catch a ball out of the backfield, he can run it. Darren can block, Marcel can run it. Gives us just kind of another dimension. That's the right way to say it: earned the right. Because the way he's run and you don't expect a fullback to come in and be the starting tailback and be as good as he's been."
Reece rushed for 225 yards at an average of 4.8 yards the past three games, whereas McFadden averaged only 3.3 yards in the eight games he played before the injury.

-- Rookie wide receiver Rod Streater started the regular-season opener, in part because of injuries to Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. Now, he is at the point where he played only five snaps last Sunday.
Meanwhile, fellow rookie receiver Juron Criner is headed the opposite way. Criner went from not playing early on to 40 snaps against the Bengals last Sunday.
This is yet another sign of the Raiders doing the pruden thing, taking a look at younger, inexperienced players between now and the end of the season.
"It's more of a situation where we want to get a look at Juron Criner, a guy that we drafted, a young guy that we think highly of," Allen said. "He’s getting more comfortable in the offense. ... There are some young guys we want to make sure we get a look at, and he’s obviously one of those guys, that we drafted, we like him. We've got to let him play."
Criner said there's room for all the receivers to fill a role on the team, given their diverse talents.
“There’s a lot of things that we all bring to the table that one of the others don’t," Criner said. "I just add a bigger frame to the run game on the outside blocking, red-zone, coming across the middle. I’ll try to be whatever you want me to be and do whatever you want me to do.”

-- Allen shot down any suggestion that he took a more active role in caling the defensive plays during the Bengals game. He said the play-calling was handled the same way it has been handled all year with he and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver in concert.

-- The recent struggles of right guard Mike Brisiel haven't gone unnoticed by Allen.
Yet, Allen doesn't sound too concerned about Brisiel getting to the point where he is a reliable asset and not a sometimes liability.
"He has obviously struggled some," Allen said. "But he’s working extremely hard to try to get better and he knows he needs to play better. And he takes a lot of pride in it. It’s important to him. And that’s important to me, to make sure, I want guys that want it to be important to him."
Brisiel said he wasn't pleased with the way he played against the Bengals.
"We did some things, me personally, that hurt ourselves," Brisiel said. "I just got to go back and work on it."

-- Palmer is 9-3 against the Browns all-time, with 25 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 90.6 passer rating.
He said the Browns have a slew of new faces on the roster since the last time he played them -- he wasn't here last season when the Raiders beat the Browns -- but their overall approach remains the same.
"A lot has changed personnel wise and look-wise, but they always seem to be a big physical group that can still rush the passer," Palmer said. "There’s a lot of teams that you play that are really big and physical and are there to stop the run and push the pocket, but they have two guys on the edge that can rush the passer. Just a good, physical group up front."

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  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    What’s especially hilarious about Oakfoshow’s meltdowns are his pathetic attempts to convince us he’s anything other than a pimply-faced teenager who’s skipping school. AGAIN. Probably flunking Home Room.

  • mcfadden20.

    Reggiehater Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Reggie owes me $200.00 refund on the nfl ticket.I better get it or else!


    STFU you’re a troll, you don’t watch Raiders

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Reggiehater Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:11 am
    Reggie owes me $200.00 refund on the nfl ticket.I better get it or else!

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

    Or else WHAT??? Wait, let me guess: You’re going to come on here and type “DRIPPY LIP” a lot of times. Yeah! That’ll REALLY show him, won’t it?

  • mcfadden20.

    RaiderDuck Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    What’s especially hilarious about Oakfoshow’s meltdowns are his pathetic attempts to convince us he’s anything other than a pimply-faced teenager who’s skipping school. AGAIN. Probably flunking Home Room.

    You could be 100% correct

  • DMAC

    I wonder what are idiot dumb fk coaches are doing right about now?

  • Reggiehater

    1348.mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Reggiehater Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Mcfadden20 has to be Reggie bottom lip or his twin brother.Dumber than a sack of hammers.

    000 STFU YOU POS YOU HAVE NOTHING TO ADD BESIDES GOING ON WITH YOUR NAME CALLING ?????

    You predicted playoffs.I said 4-12.That justifies all kinds of name calling.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Paul Gutierrez ‏@PGutierrezCSN
    And…no sign of #RolandoMcClain at #raiders practice
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  • mcfadden20.

    RaiderDuck Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Reggiehater Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:11 am
    Reggie owes me $200.00 refund on the nfl ticket.I better get it or else!

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

    Or else WHAT??? Wait, let me guess: You’re going to come on here and type “DRIPPY LIP” a lot of times. Yeah! That’ll REALLY show him, won’t it?


    LOL, what else can you expect from poor fella with fantasies of AL on his mind

  • http://singleness-of-purpose 909RaiderLifer

    Has McWhiff been given his sack lunch, and one way Greyhound ticket out of town yet?…….

  • theghostronin79

    Steve Corkran‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    Rolando McClain still is on the Raiders roster, but he is not at practice today.

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    You guys are so stupid ,
    =====================
    and,,,, there it is. The football genius has passed it’s judgement.

    THESE COACHES GET A PASS, YOU MOUTH BREATHERS! lmao!

  • mcfadden20.

    Reggiehater Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    1348.mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Reggiehater Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Mcfadden20 has to be Reggie bottom lip or his twin brother.Dumber than a sack of hammers.

    000 STFU YOU POS YOU HAVE NOTHING TO ADD BESIDES GOING ON WITH YOUR NAME CALLING ?????

    You predicted playoffs.I said 4-12.That justifies all kinds of name calling.

    You’re an idiot and not like we care if you call anyone name here, just shows your true self and who you’re a pimply faced teenager (LMA0) thanks DUck

  • R8ER MIKE

    that last game cost me a 1/2ounce,had to keep smokin to dull the pain !!!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL
    Rolando McClain still is on the Raiders roster, but he is not at practice today.
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  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    guest123 Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Any weather updates out in Oakland? I hear there’s going to be a downpour around kickoff. An “atmospheric river” or some kind of monsoon. Oakland homers, is it that bad?
    =========================================

    Probably won’t be bad for Trent Richardson.

  • mcfadden20.

    Read it up again, I’m not giving Knapp a pass, just saying that no freaking coach in the history would have won games with this talent, unless we faced the same weak teams from last year

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Were*

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    You guys are so stupid ,

  • mcfadden20.

    Hue’s 22 PPG wouldn’t have mattered with the D we have, why the f8k you guys chose to ignore that sh1t , yeah but the games were competitive blah blah, ofcourse games against equal talent are always competitive lol

  • The_Judge37

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:03 am
    You guys are so stupid , i admit we have regressed on O by coaching, why can’t you guys admit we didn’t have talent to begin with on D and actually gotten worse in pass rushing talent with KELL AND SEYMOUR adding more mileage on their tires and Shaugnessy replacing Wimbley, and why can’t you admit we would have still lost against good teams even if Hue hand 22 PPG O was still here ?
    ——–

    I admit we don’t have Defensive talent. But last year the problem was supposedly the scheme Al ran and Chuck Bresnehan. Now it’s just the players? Problem is both. I’m happy if we can cut most of the Defense but won’t mean anything if these lame coaches are still here. In 3 years when they finally get their players and still suck, we start all over again.

  • hwnrdr

    guest123 Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:06 am
    Any weather updates out in Oakland? I hear there’s going to be a downpour around kickoff. An “atmospheric river” or some kind of monsoon. Oakland homers, is it that bad?

    Hey Guest…2 years ago, it was pouring cats, dogs, and heck, even cows were coming donw…that was the game that Jacoby broke loose against KC! So, it may be a good thing!

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    I doubt we can get even a 7th round pick for McClain now that everyone knows we are willing to cut him.

  • inonewordraider

    a good coach get’s the most out of his talent.

    Pittsburgh-Roth, Wallace hasn’t been wallace, Mendenhall not Mendenhall, polomalu out all year, d stars are not playing the same

    Rams-Bradford is solid not special. Stephen Jackson is not the same. Amendola is the best receiver and he was out several games. great edge rusher in Long not much else

    seattle- wilson is average, receivers are nothing special lynch is the only stud on O. secondary is stacked and they have a pass rush. oline sucks

    Indianapolis-Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney and not much else

    Washington-RGIII and not much else

    Tampa-Freemans solid, Vjax a stud, Doug martins a stud no players of note on d except for ronde barber

    Vikings- Peterson, Allen, Harvin, Kevin williams and not much else

    I’d argue that none of these teams are much better than us talentwise yet are much better football teams than we are, coaching has to be blamed

  • The_Judge37

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:18 am
    Hue’s 22 PPG wouldn’t have mattered with the D we have, why the f8k you guys chose to ignore that sh1t , yeah but the games were competitive blah blah, ofcourse games against equal talent are always competitive lol
    ——–

    Problem we’re having now is games against equal talent aren’t competative. Why do you chose to ignore that?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Raiders are inept in virtually every facet of the game, and the coaches get a pass?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Reggiehater Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:11 am
    Reggie owes me $200.00 refund on the nfl ticket.I better get it or else!

    —-

    Of course you werent smart enough to get it for free when they were at odds with Viacom.

    Makes sense.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Has McWhiff been given his sack lunch, and one way Greyhound ticket out of town yet?…….
    ==========================================

    It’s beginning to look like there is some insubordination that might kick in, which might get the Raiders back some of the upfront money they paid this POS. But then McClains camp would file a grievance. Of course saying he is gone and going to a ‘real’ team certainly does not help his case. Looks like he should’ve just shut his big yap and left and this would be done by now. But when you are used to firing weapons off next to peoples melons, McClain does not seem to be someone who is prone to mature decent decision making.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:19 am
    I doubt we can get even a 7th round pick for McClain now that everyone knows we are willing to cut him.

    —-

    Well seeing how the trade deadline has passed, id say your spot on..

  • mcfadden20.

    The_Judge37 Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:03 am
    You guys are so stupid , i admit we have regressed on O by coaching, why can’t you guys admit we didn’t have talent to begin with on D and actually gotten worse in pass rushing talent with KELL AND SEYMOUR adding more mileage on their tires and Shaugnessy replacing Wimbley, and why can’t you admit we would have still lost against good teams even if Hue hand 22 PPG O was still here ?
    ——–

    I admit we don’t have Defensive talent. But last year the problem was supposedly the scheme Al ran and Chuck Bresnehan. Now it’s just the players? Problem is both. I’m happy if we can cut most of the Defense but won’t mean anything if these lame coaches are still here. In 3 years when they finally get their players and still suck, we start all over again.

    How can you say it’s coaching’s fault? like do you think Houston and SHaugnessy are underperforming? should they have had more sacks? Seymour and Kelly should better pass rushers or equal to last year after adding 1 more year to their life and more mileage on their nfl career? the problem is we can’t get to QB’s, i don’t know why you guys think it’s coachings fault with the guys we have on the D line

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    KoolKell Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:22 am
    The Raiders are inept in virtually every facet of the game, and the coaches get a pass?

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

    The assistants definitely shouldn’t. I’d look for at least 1/2 our current assistants to be looking for work come January (not that they’ll get any on the NFL level).

  • DMAC

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Read it up again, I’m not giving Knapp a pass, just saying that no freaking coach in the history would have won games with this talent, unless we faced the same weak teams from last year
    ========

    BS!!!!!!!!

  • theghostronin79

    KoolKell Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:22 am
    The Raiders are inept in virtually every facet of the game, and the coaches get a pass?

    ========

    Don’t feel anybody gets a pass to be honest.

  • mcfadden20.

    The_Judge37 Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:18 am
    Hue’s 22 PPG wouldn’t have mattered with the D we have, why the f8k you guys chose to ignore that sh1t , yeah but the games were competitive blah blah, ofcourse games against equal talent are always competitive lol
    ——–

    Problem we’re having now is games against equal talent aren’t competative. Why do you chose to ignore that?

    — Are you kidding with me? we beat KC and Jax = equal talent, only lost to Miami and SD but we lost to them last year as well and those were games down the stretch when we really needed to win

  • inonewordraider

    I admit we don’t have Defensive talent.
    ____________
    no studs but Kelly has been one of the top pass rushing dt’s for years, Houston Bryant Burris Wheeler and Huff at CB have been solid

  • mcfadden20.

    Just look up all the teams we beat from last 2 years, only formidable opponent we beat was Houston out of all 16 wins

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    “I admit we don’t have Defensive talent. But last year the problem was supposedly the scheme Al ran and Chuck Bresnehan. Now it’s just the players? Problem is both. I’m happy if we can cut most of the Defense but won’t mean anything if these lame coaches are still here. In 3 years when they finally get their players and still suck, we start all over again.”

    This is a good point….I recall Huff giving an interview during the preseason claiming brazenly now that the outdated Al Davis scheme is gone we should have a top 5 defense….WHAT HAPPENED to that magical scheme that was going top make everything better now that the old man is gone…..I will tell you “what happened” we still have crappy players and are very thin at every position that’s what happened!

    This team needs a roster overhaul that was obvious for most of us to see but what it did NOT need was a dismantling of the O-Line or running game we had going for us last year.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DMAC, I feel your passion brother..

    But meet me half ways man, you gotta see things for what they are.

  • DMAC

    I admit we don’t have Defensive talent. But last year the problem was supposedly the scheme Al ran and Chuck Bresnehan. Now it’s just the players? Problem is both. I’m happy if we can cut most of the Defense but won’t mean anything if these lame coaches are still here. In 3 years when they finally get their players and still suck, we start all over again.
    ===========

    Exactly

  • The_Judge37

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:25 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:18 am
    Hue’s 22 PPG wouldn’t have mattered with the D we have, why the f8k you guys chose to ignore that sh1t , yeah but the games were competitive blah blah, ofcourse games against equal talent are always competitive lol
    ——–

    Problem we’re having now is games against equal talent aren’t competative. Why do you chose to ignore that?

    — Are you kidding with me? we beat KC and Jax = equal talent, only lost to Miami and SD but we lost to them last year as well and those were games down the stretch when we really needed to win
    ——-

    Tampa, New Orleans, Cinncy are all mediocre teams. We got curb stomped by them. Barley came back to beat the Jags.

  • Reggiehater

    After everything I went throught this offseasonu with you dumba$$es.All the Reggie is gonna save us,We are going to the playoffs,Rod Streater is our new #1 receiver.After i laughed at you day in and day out.All the abuse is justified.Now this offseason shut your big fat mouths and listen to somebody who knows football and we will start over.until than KISS MY A$$!

  • guest123

    Cedric Benson, remember him?

    Had surgery today. Season over and probably career over.

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    You guys are so stupid ,
    ===================
    Its like talking to mystk. :)

  • DMAC

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    DMAC, I feel your passion brother..

    But meet me half ways man, you gotta see things for what they are.
    =======

    I feel you Deuece, but I don’t run the show, just like no one else does here.
    I just tell it the way I see it.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I fully expect McClain to be a legit starting ILB in a 3-4 somewhere.

    We used him wrong the whole time.

    Doesnt excuse his motor or attitude though. But I can see his frustration.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Let’s put it this way:

    The Raiders are inept in virtually every facet of the game, and the Head Coach get’s a pass?

  • mcfadden20.

    inonewordraider Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I admit we don’t have Defensive talent.
    ____________
    no studs but Kelly has been one of the top pass rushing dt’s for years, Houston Bryant Burris Wheeler and Huff at CB have been solid

    —-
    Kelly has been but he’s not anymore , it’s simple he’s getting near retirement age and he’s got more mileage on his body, Houston and bryant are not freaking pass rushers, Burris and wheeler are just guys who are average at best at their jobs , sure you can make an arguement they are better than previous linebackers but difference does it make when we’re playing in passing league and our Dline can’t get to QB’s ?

  • guest123

    Hey Guest…2 years ago, it was pouring cats, dogs, and heck, even cows were coming donw…that was the game that Jacoby broke loose against KC! So, it may be a good thing!

    *********

    Hope so! Denarius has to get it going. He’s in a slump.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Inonewordraider Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    no studs but Kelly has been one of the top pass rushing dt’s for years, Houston Bryant Burris Wheeler and Huff at CB have been solid

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

    Kelly has zero sacks this season and has been his usual worthless self vs. the run.

    Houston and Bryant are OK role players, at best.

    Burris has potential, but he’s not there yet.

    Wheeler’s good.

    Huff’s gone from being an average starting NFL safety to a slightly-above-average starting NFL corner.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DMAC Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:27 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    DMAC, I feel your passion brother..

    But meet me half ways man, you gotta see things for what they are.
    =======

    I feel you Deuece, but I don’t run the show, just like no one else does here.
    I just tell it the way I see it.

    —-

    Amen brother.

    I respect that you speak your mind and dont stoop to the level of others.

    Always enjoy the debate with you.

  • The_Judge37

    How can you say it’s coaching’s fault? like do you think Houston and SHaugnessy are underperforming? should they have had more sacks? Seymour and Kelly should better pass rushers or equal to last year after adding 1 more year to their life and more mileage on their nfl career? the problem is we can’t get to QB’s, i don’t know why you guys think it’s coachings fault with the guys we have on the D line
    ——–

    The blitzing and elimination of pure man covereage was supposed to be at least a slight improvement despite the lack of talent. I know Matt and Lamar aren’t legit talents, they’re good, but not stars. But still, how can it not be on the coaches when they call blitzes and everyone just runs into a blocker. They call zones but even the new guys are out of position.