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Ready or not, here comes Pryor

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 4:58 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Ready or not, here he comes.

Terrelle Pryor will start the Raiders regular-season finale Sunday at quarterback against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, coach Dennis Allen announced Friday.

“I feel that I’m ready,’’ Pryor said. “I felt comfortable. I felt like a leader in the huddle when I was in there. I feel good about it and look forward to the opportunity.’’

Allen said Pryor and backup Matt Leinart had been told earlier in the week Pryor was the likely starter in place of Carson Palmer, who is out with a bruised lung and cracked ribs.

“I wanted to see how each player responded,’’ Allen said. “I thought Terrelle responded well. I think he gives us a unique element of athleticism at the quarterback position and I think he deserves to get an opportunity to get out there and see what he can do.’’

It will be Pryor’s first start since the leading Ohio State to a 31-26 win over Arkansas while being named Most Valuable Player of the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, 2011.

A third-round supplemental draft pick in 2011, Pryor was a late arrival last preseason and then served five-game suspension imposed by the NFL related to NCAA infractions for accepting improper benefits.

Active for the last four games, Pryor got three snaps in each of the last two games _ a three-and-out series against the Kansas City Chiefs and three plays in specialty situations as a shotgun quarterback against Carolina.

Pryor described his ascension as a “progression,’’ starting with making the team, eventually becoming active, getting a few plays, and “now it comes to this. Will I respond? We’ll see Sunday. I’m confident.’’

Leinart, who was 16 of 32 for 115 yards with an interception against Carolina, said he felt Allen was leaning towards Pryor all along but promised, “I’m going to help him. Anything he needs. The competitor in me wants to start, but I understand they need to evaluate him.’’

Allen said the decision was based on giving the Raiders (4-11) the best chance to win against the Chargers (6-9) team as well as keeping an eye toward 2013.

“We’ve been around Terrelle for a whole season, and we know what his strengths are, we know what his weaknesses are,’’ Allen said. “To give him an opportunity, against a division opponent at their place, it gives us a view into the future.’’

Pryor understands his mission statement _ get the Raiders to the line of scrimmage on time, avoid mistakes and score points.

He promises there will be no issues with confusion with getting plays off on time.
“I can guarantee this _ I won’t have a problem with that,’’ Pryor said. “Last year was a whirlwind. It was hard for me. But I’ve been studying. Coach gives me a formation, I can give you the play.’’
Pryor expects to be nervous, just as he was at Ohio State when crowds were 90,000 or more. He said Palmer told him, “I’m nervous until the first play is over.’’
— Brandian Ross will start at cornerback opposite Michael Huff as Phillip Adams was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Right guard Mike Brisiel remained out with an ankle injury and is questionable, with Tony Bergstrom prepared to start if necessary.
Cornerback Corey Nelms and defensive tackle Brandon Bair were promoted from the practice squad to replace Adams and Richard Seymour, who went on I.R. Thursday. Nelms, Allen said, would be active as a reserve cornerback and special teams player.

– Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy was fined $25,000 for the helmet-to-the-back hit that left Palmer with a bruised lung and cracked ribs, ending his season. Quarterback Cam Newton was fined $10,000 for kicking defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.

“I’m free,’’ Kelly said. “It finally worked out for the good guys.’’

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  • dr_robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:12 am
    nobody said quarterback does everything on the field he’s just the most important player. learn to read. oh wait you read it correctly you’re just trolling..
    **********

    u learn to read moron. what was the post that said it was the most important position and when did i say it wasn’t? u guys said qb’s win and lose games. the most ignorants fans possible.

  • Just Fire Baby

    who changed the conversation to “most important position”? u said qb’s win games, which is probably the dumbest thing a fan could ever say.

    **************************

    The most important position has the greatest impact over who wins games.

    So stupid.

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:10 am
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    If QB wasn’t the most imporant position, they would pay O-lineman more.

    So ignorant

    >> you think he’s trollling or REALLY this stupid?
    ***********

    who changed the conversation to “most important position”? u said qb’s win games, which is probably the dumbest thing a fan could ever say.

    >. YES QBS win games because they LEAD the team. without that leadership the team can’t win which is why ALL of the crappy teams have 1 thing in common. No QB that can lead them. do you ever watch football? ever notice that teams WITHOUT elite QBS never win titles? notice that?

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:13 am
    does he run the ball, block, tackle, rush the passer, kick, cover, etc?

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    He does choose at the LOS whether to run the ball or not, gets the guys lined up on who to block,and how to evade the rushing passer.

    But I am sure an impact RT does all that as well.
    ***********

    did i mention LT’s idiot?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    I hope A Reid winds up in SD and brings M Vick with him. Two games a year we will have a fighting chance!

  • fingers

    Watching that Colt / Texan game now….should be a good one…

  • Dakota

    Ask Indy if QBs win or lose games.

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:14 am
    who changed the conversation to “most important position”? u said qb’s win games, which is probably the dumbest thing a fan could ever say.

    **************************

    The most important position has the greatest impact over who wins games.

    So stupid.
    **********

    don’t change it liar. u said qb’s win and lose games. period. now ur trying to change it to “have the biggest impact”. dummy.

  • Marks hair

    Anybody catch espns 30 for 30 on Bo Jackson? Great stuff. it was like losing Kurt Cobain or John Lennon.. the greatest athlete of our time.

  • Dakota

    Can you imagine the drug parties Mark Davis could have with the Reid family?

    He will be our next HC for sure!

  • Dakota

    new post

  • dr_robert

    teams with bad qb’s cn’t win the title. but it’s possible for a good qb to be on a bad team. most ignorant fans ever.

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Marks Hair Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:12 am
    nobody said quarterback does everything on the field he’s just the most important player. learn to read. oh wait you read it correctly you’re just trolling..
    **********

    u learn to read moron. what was the post that said it was the most important position and when did i say it wasn’t? u guys said qb’s win and lose games. the most ignorants fans possible.

    >> so when the browns drove 90 yards in the 4th quarter to beat the Raiders this year in the 4th who lead them? who won that game for them? it was the guy who DIRECTED THE DRIVE. a QB that can carry the team is manadatory to win in the nfl. you can have average WRS,RBS,OL, but you BETTER have an elite QB. denver proves my point perfectly. that team is 4-11 without manning. QB leads the team, is the most important position AND does win games because he DIRECTS the offense. thats why he gets paid more. you’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer DR.ROb

  • Violent Hands

    raiders team rankings:

    #8 passing offense
    #29 running offense
    #22 passing defense
    #20 running defense

    cmon smarties. what are the team strengths and weaknesses? look hard.

    proof positive missdick, priest, and all palmer-bashers are not only football-ignorant, but total morons.

    These stats prove its in fact the defence that is improving slowly,the 8th rank passing is mostly junk yards,we need a dual-threat qb and hopefully its TP

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:14 am
    who changed the conversation to “most important position”? u said qb’s win games, which is probably the dumbest thing a fan could ever say.

    **************************

    The most important position has the greatest impact over who wins games.

    So stupid.
    **********

    don’t change it liar. u said qb’s win and lose games. period. now ur trying to change it to “have the biggest impact”. dummy.

    >> I’ve seen tony romo lose games all by himself. hey Dr. Rob why do they track the win-loss record for QBS? shouldn’t they track that stat for the rest of the players individually too?

  • manassamauler

    Violent Hands Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    raiders team rankings:

    #8 passing offense
    #29 running offense
    #22 passing defense
    #20 running defense

    cmon smarties. what are the team strengths and weaknesses? look hard.

    proof positive missdick, priest, and all palmer-bashers are not only football-ignorant, but total morons.

    These stats prove its in fact the defence that is improving slowly,the 8th rank passing is mostly junk yards,we need a dual-threat qb and hopefully its TP

    >> yeah knapp destroyed the rushing offense and is predictable. that ruined the season. defense is what we all expected at least what i expected. knapp is gone tonight

  • Derek

    #1409; Matt Leinart has played in the league for years and played in many game. This will be TP’s very first game. Wouldn’t it be alittle fairer to judge TP’s first game vs Leinarts very first game.

    You’re comparison/challenge is moronic. If you’re a Raiders fan you should be hoping for TP to succeed as the team needs a QB for the future. We certainly know Leinarts NOT that guy. If you’re a moronic racist hater, kill yourself, end your misery.