By Steve Corkran
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 2:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA — Coach Dennis Allen continues to play it close to the vest in terms of naming a starting quarterback. However, he is quick to point out that those that need to know have been informed and things are going according to plan.
It’s believed that Terrelle Pryor will be the starter against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, even though Matt Flynn was the presumptive starter through most of training camp.
“The players know exactly what we’re doing,” Allen said. “There’s a clear plan on what we’re doing inside this building. There’s absolutely a clear plan what we’re doing.”
Pryor danced around the subject Wednesday, when asked about the team’s plans. Yet, Pryor took the first snap with the first-team offense Monday and Wednesday.
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson is on board with the plan and not revealing the state secret. He talked in generalities Thursday and made it clear that he wasn’t saying who’s going to be the quarterback.
He seemed excited about the prospect of what Pryor brings to the offense with his ability to improvise and make plays with his feet. He said Pryor also is making strides in the passing game.
“It’s a work in progess, all the time,” Olson said. “He’s getting better, and that’s all you can ask of a player, work your best, try to get a little bit better every day, try to eliminate the steps backward. Try to keep going forward with your game and that’s what we ask of Terrelle Pryor. It’s not something that comes overnight, but certainly he’s someone that continues to work at it.”
In other news, Allen said that tight end David Ausberry would need to practice Friday if he is to have a shot at playing Sunday. Ausberry missed Oakland’s final two exhibition games and the remainder of camp after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Saints.
Left tackle Menelik Watson is another player that likely needs to show that he can hold up in practice before the Raiders trust him in the game Sunday.
“We’ll find out more tomorrow as far as whether or not he’ll be able to go into the game,” Allen said.
Without Watson, the Raiders are down to two offensive tackles on their 53-man roster. Khalif Barnes would move from the right side to the left, with fellow veteran Tony Pashos sliding into the right tackle spot.
For depth, Allen said the Raiders likely would sign a player with experience playing tackle from the practice squad, if Watson can’t play Sunday.