The big surprise as the Raiders began their 19th and final practice of training camp Wednesday was the sight of quarterback Terrelle Pryor wearing No. 2.
Pryor, who wore No. 2 in college, has been wearing No. 6 since joining the Raiders two seasons ago. Following his first training camp practice in August of 2011, Pryor said he requested No. 2 but Hue Jackson gave him No. 6.
“Coach won’t let me wear No. 2. Why? I don’t know,’’ Pryor said. “You tell me. I’m just going off what coach tells me.’’
Presumably, Jackson was sparing Pryor comparisons with JaMarcus Russell, the Raiders monumental draft bust with the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 but lasted only three seasons.
Marquette King was given No. 2 last season and wore it through the preseason before going on injured reserve. King came back this offseason wearing No. 7.
The only Raiders to wear No. 2 in a regular season game were Russell, quarterback Aaron Brooks in 2006 and punter Leo Araguz.
As practice was getting underway, rookie second-round pick Menelik Watson was suited up and with the team. Watson, who injured a calf before training camp began, didn’t take the field for the first time until Aug. 7. That day, he aggravated the calf injury and has been out until Wednesday.
Defensive tackle Pat Sims was on the field for the second consecutive day. Guard Mike Brisiel was not suited for practice and appeared to be sitting out as he recovers from a knee injury.
Chase Thomas, the former Stanford linebacker claimed after being waived by the New Orleans Saints, was on the field wearing No. 44.