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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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  • Just Fire Baby

    Warriors-Clippers next week, with the entire world watching.

    Awesome

  • gangosix

    never stop making nicknames for friends or foes,thats when you’re just old

  • gangosix

    lakers clippers next friday also

  • MiamiRaider78

    Excited to see Pryor play. Fingers crossed in hopes he does well and gives us something to look forward to next year.

    Go Raiders!

    Fire Knapp.

  • Whoknows

    Yes I’ve read your post Mr. Brown, very mature.

  • Thec

    GhostRaiders Says:
    December 29th, 2012 at 10:16 pm
    Re: first one in, last to leave?

    I have a sign up that says “It’s not the amount of hours you put in, it’s what you do with those hours.”

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

    One thing that is said about great leaders and diffrence makers in ALL sports is that;

    They are the first one in and last to leave.

  • Gdog

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 5:28 am

    by the way, earlier today i posted some info that i think shows proof that palmer played very well this season.

    i would say in any given game, qb rating would be like this:

    100+ excellent
    90+ very good
    80+ good
    70+ not good
    70- bad

    palmer’s game log:

    sd 94.2
    @mia 74.4
    pit 103.7
    @den 73.4
    @atl 102.2
    jax 74.4
    @kc 83.8
    tb 85.0
    @bal 95.4
    no 76.3
    @cin 64.1
    cle 86.3
    den 101.1
    kc 80.0

    so u can see that this season, palmer had:
    3 excellent games
    2 very good games
    4 good games
    4 not good games
    1 bad game

    we actually won the jax game, even though he had a “not good” game.

    he played 9 games that were good enough for a qb to win, plus the jax game, in which his team helped.

    so, palmer played well enuff to go 10-4.

    palmer bashers are football-ignorant.

    >>>>>

    I would agree with that, but this does show how stats can lie, especially QB rating. Jax was the game where CP took the entire team on his shoulders and willed them to the win 4th quarter on!

    Pitts was his best game though… that CP/Rothy shoot out in the second half reminded me of the old Stabler/Bradshaw shootouts!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    M Jackson needs his contract extended ASAP! Even Biedrins is playing decent!

    Whoever brought in Jack & Landry need to be praised, 6th&7th men of the year no question.

  • morilla

    Whoknows Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 8:21 am
    Morilla if your going to the game keep your nostrils open for some Sour Diesel during tailgate, not sure which lot yet though.
    ————-

    Wish I was, my buddy sold his two season tix and I put off looking for others. Watching from home. The diesel will be here too:)

  • Thec

    W’s are balling no doubt jowever, they need to get over the hump and beat the fakes.

  • Gdog

    303Raider Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    We need to develop a QB. SB winning teams draft and develop their QB’s.

    Big Ben
    Eli
    Peyton
    Brady r
    Rodgers

    The odds are that of you want to win the SB, you need to draft and develop your own QB.

    I pray to God, TP6 could be that guy.

    >>>>

    LOL! Ok… but the two players that Pryor is more similar to coming out of college are Tebow, and Vince Young. All won games mostly with their feet… all came out with accuracy and mechanics problems. Look how those two are turning out.

    I like your passion though… Pryor will be fun to watch!

  • Whoknows

    The only reason I’m going to this game is to see Pryor play. I was stoked when he got drafted, I hope he can handle the pressure and does well.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    They had a 14 point lead on LA and then folded up. It was a blessing in disguise and a young team goes through those growing pains. I would wager large the next time GSW faces LA they pound the snot out of them.

    ______

    Thec Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    W’s are balling no doubt jowever, they need to get over the hump and beat the fakes.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Although i’m a Laker fan, I enjoy watching the Warriors play whenever they’re on tv. Got to watch them beat the Heat and I was happy for a week. Jack was a great pick up and he abused us last time we played each other.

  • gangosix

    it would make a nice little ending for the al davis legacy if his last pick turned out to be ‘last name ever,first name greatest” go T.P.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Even Biedrins is playing decent!

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

    He stopped taking X and isn’t running around in a daze out there.

    Stopped running pick and roll for him as well, which was a blessing for him. Getting the ball and then fouled pysched out his whole game.

    Mark Jackson gets it

  • Just Fire Baby

    3rd down decision making, ability to get to the LOS crisply and not snap the ball at 1 and waste timeouts, and the 2 minute offense.

    The 3 things I will be looking for and judging TP’s day on today.

    I am sure he will break off an exciting 30 yard run at some time, and people will gush off that all offseason.

    Not I, can’t rely on that stuff, especially in the postseason.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Be productive, sustain drives, no turnovers and that will be a positive sign for me.

  • dr_robert

    RaidingTexas Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 6:49 am
    Dr_robert Says:

    3 of our wins came when palmer played well, and 1 came when he didn’t.

    but he played 9 total games well. that means his TEAM let him down 6 times.

    —————————-

    Not entirely true. He played well in Atlanta, but HE lost that game. Period.

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

    u just showed ur football ignorance.

    23-33 353 yards 1td 1int

    if ur team can’t win the other facets of the game when the qb plays that well, it’s on the the team, not the qb.

    so ignorant.

  • dr_robert

    sorry guys. hate to be sullvan-esque here. get ready for a REALLY disappointing game.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Def will be exciting on the blog after the game, regardless of what happens. The football knowledge less blogsters will be out in full force. lol

  • Gdog

    Fox just reported DA is staying but huge changes on offensive staff! BYE BYE KNAPP!

  • dr_robert

    in good news, the line opened up at 10.5 but has closed to 8, so someone seems to think pryor is better than leinart at least.

  • Gdog

    Not entirely true. He played well in Atlanta, but HE lost that game. Period.

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

    u just showed ur football ignorance.

    23-33 353 yards 1td 1int

    if ur team can’t win the other facets of the game when the qb plays that well, it’s on the the team, not the qb.

    so ignorant.

    >>>>

    No kidding. He threw that pick six but it didn’t matter because he had a masterpiece drive for TD two minutes later! Funny how people cherry pick the bad things with the best QB we’ve had since Gannon!

  • BOKNOWS

    Keep Tarver!!

    Fire Knapp!!…..And Westopff….

  • JB

    BREAKING NEWS:
    The Oakland Raiders football practice was delayed nearly two hours today after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. The Head coach immediately suspended practice and called the police and federal investigators. After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance unknown to players was the GOAL LINE. Practice resumed after special agents decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again this season.

  • dr_robert

    Gdog Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:26 am
    Not entirely true. He played well in Atlanta, but HE lost that game. Period.

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

    u just showed ur football ignorance.

    23-33 353 yards 1td 1int

    if ur team can’t win the other facets of the game when the qb plays that well, it’s on the the team, not the qb.

    so ignorant.

    >>>>

    No kidding. He threw that pick six but it didn’t matter because he had a masterpiece drive for TD two minutes later! Funny how people cherry pick the bad things with the best QB we’ve had since Gannon!
    **************

    that’s cuz stats don’t lie. people do.

  • RaidO

    JB Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:35 am
    BREAKING NEWS:
    The Oakland Raiders football practice was delayed nearly two hours today after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. The Head coach immediately suspended practice and called the police and federal investigators. After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance unknown to players was the GOAL LINE. Practice resumed after special agents decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again this season.
    ——————-

    LOL!

    I think we will see some TD’s today. Go TP!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TP!!!!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    This joke was funny the first time I heard it but the last dozen times, not so much.
    ______

    JB Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    BREAKING NEWS:
    The Oakland Raiders football practice was delayed nearly two hours today after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field

  • dr_robert

    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.

  • papertiger418

    What would really be hilarious us if DA had a Hue-like meltdown after the game. What would Reggie do then?

  • Dakota

    Becker,

    Can we get a fresh blog topic please? Even if it just says Raiders play at ____ pm.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Game Day! Go Raiders!

  • manassamauler

    this is IT! Its TP time. if the dude has less than three turnovers and can get the raiders in the endzone that will be a successful rookie debut.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TP,

    Show the Nation what you can do. TP = Winner.
    The Way Of The Buckeye!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Seymour Glen, since we not at home today you dont have to switch alias and pretend you are at the game. RaiderDuck can relax…

    lol

  • dr_robert

    the guys on here who say “stats don’t tell the real story” are lying and don’t want to have objective analysis. they believe what they want to believe, and no one and nothing can change their mind.

    here’s one for u: is andrew luck good?

  • Dakota

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    this is IT! Its TP time. if the dude has less than three turnovers and can get the raiders in the endzone that will be a successful rookie debut.
    ____________________

    Rookie debut? The man has been in the NFL for two seasons. He should come out polished and professional….anything else will be a total fail.

  • morilla

    Gdog Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:23 am
    Fox just reported DA is staying but huge changes on offensive staff! BYE BYE KNAPP!
    ———-

    HQ released a statement 2 weeks ago that Reggie and DA were staying. Yet people on here still insist on talking about firing both. I’m not sure many pay attention to actual news.

    Good to hear they are calling out the O. See ya Knapp.

  • dr_robert

    andrew luck 75.6 rating #29 passr in nfl, right after tannehill

    18 ints

  • manassamauler

    Dakota Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    this is IT! Its TP time. if the dude has less than three turnovers and can get the raiders in the endzone that will be a successful rookie debut.
    ____________________

    Rookie debut? The man has been in the NFL for two seasons. He should come out polished and professional….anything else will be a total fail.

    >. you’re not be realistic. sitting on a bench and throwing to practice squad players doesn’t compare to this IMO. how can you expect pryor to be “polished and professional” when the guy has NEVER played? wow man

  • dr_robert

    when pryor completes less than 50% of his passes for less than 150 yards and has 4 turnovers, i bet people start to like palmer a little more.

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    andrew luck 75.6 rating #29 passr in nfl, right after tannehill

    18 ints

    >> whats lucks Qb rating the 4th quarter? guy set a rookie record for 4th quarter comebacks. he wins when it counts.

  • RaidO

    Dakota Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:44 am
    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    this is IT! Its TP time. if the dude has less than three turnovers and can get the raiders in the endzone that will be a successful rookie debut.
    ____________________

    Rookie debut? The man has been in the NFL for two seasons. He should come out polished and professional….anything else will be a total fail.
    ————————-

    What? Get real man. This is his first real NFL game action. The first season was the lockout and he was suspended for like 5 or 6 games. This is like his rookie year.

  • dr_robert

    we should hope that he looks “decent”. that will be promising.

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    when pryor completes less than 50% of his passes for less than 150 yards and has 4 turnovers, i bet people start to like palmer a little more.

    >. yeah if that happens against crappy san diego in was is almost a home game that might make pryor our #2 WR next year or a TE

  • RaidO

    Dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    when pryor completes less than 50% of his passes for less than 150 yards and has 4 turnovers, i bet people start to like palmer a little more.
    —————–
    You sound like you want him to fail. GET OUT OF HERE WITH THAT MESS.

  • dr_robert

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:48 am
    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    andrew luck 75.6 rating #29 passr in nfl, right after tannehill

    18 ints

    >> whats lucks Qb rating the 4th quarter? guy set a rookie record for 4th quarter comebacks. he wins when it counts.
    ***********

    all quarters count.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Pryor is a vet? lol