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Pryor cleaned up some stuff during bye week, became better QB

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Some players exited the Raiders facility Wednesday and headed for far-away places, anywhere, to get away from the daily grind of the NFL, if only for a few days. For quarterback Terrelle Pryor, it was business as usual.
See, Pryor isn’t one to take days off. Each day is another opportunity for him to get better. To that end, he spent two days with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo watching video and getting a better grasp of “situational football,” Pryor said.
Pryor used another day to work with throwing mechanics guru Tom House, a former major-league pitcher who has carved out a niche as a specialist for athletes seeking ways to improve their throwing.
Olson first recommended House to Pryor this offseason. Pryor followed through, worked with House and returned a refined quarterback. During the bye week, House traveled to Oakland, where he helped Pryor iron out a few kinks.
In particular, Pryor said, House pointed out that Pryor got a bit out of whack with his balance and keeping his ear over his right (back) foot when he throws.
“I wasn’t exploding as much as I should be,” Pryor said. “That was the main thing, getting my balance and getting my ear back there all the time and sitting on the back foot. That was a thing we really attacked and got better at as that bye week progressed.”
By the end of the week, Pryor felt confident that he had tightened up his throwing mechanics, improved his understanding on ways to direct the offense and positioned himself to succeed the final 10 games and beyond.
“I got better,” Pryor said. “It was a great time to get some work in. I didn’t really get any days off. There’s no time to get off anyways. You have to work constantly to improve.”
Pryor said Olson is fond of cautioning against so-called “briefcase coaches and players.”
Here’s Pryor’s explanation for just what that phrase means and how it does nothing to describe his approach to his craft.
A briefcase player is “a guy that after practice and the meeting you just take off and go,” Pryor said. “You have to stay and spend some extra time on your work and your craft because when it comes down to it at the end of the day there’s no replays at the end of the game. It’s for real.
“You’re gonna be looked at how you play and overcome stuff in that game at the end of the day. You have to make sure when you go out there and game day you know what’s going on.”
Few work as hard or as long as Pryor.

– Courtesy of @VicTafur, the Steelers lost their past seven games outside the Eastern Standard Time zone, dating to a Nov. 2011, win at Kansas City. Also, the Steelers are 0-4 on the West Coast since they beat the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

– From the Something Has To Give Department:
The Raiders last won a game coming off a bye in 2002, the season they advanced to the Super Bowl. Since that season, the Raiders are 0-10 in such games. The Steelers last beat the Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum in 1995.
Barring a tie Sunday, one of these streaks is going to end.

– Pittsburgh native Stefen Wisniewski returned to practice Wednesday, just in time to get ready for his first game since Sept. 29 and against a team he grew up rooting for.
Wisniewski doesn’t hide the fact that he’s from Pittsburgh or that he watched them all the time as a youngster. He also makes no bones about wanting to beat the Steelers just a little bit more than other teams.
“It’s cool to play against a team that you grew up watching,” Wisniewski said. “It’s also cool for bragging rights. I spend my offseasons out there, so I want to be able to hold my head high and wear my Raiders gear with pride when I’m walking around Pittsburgh this offseason.”
Coach Dennis Allen said he’s confident that Wisniewski will be able to play Sunday. That takes on added import because of the difficulty in playing against a Dick Lebeau defense, where there’s a heavy burden placed upon the center to pick up potential blitzes in advance and bark out the proper protections.
“Absolutely,” Allen said. “Communication is going to be critical against this defense and making sure we can identify where the rushers are coming from, and Wiz has done a great job of doing that for us all year long so it’s good to have him back out there.”
Wisniewski said there’s similarities between the Raiders defense under Jason Tarver and the Steelers defense. There’s also plenty of differences, such as the way Lebeau disguises his blitzes.
“Tarver likes to bring a lot of overload stuff,” Wisniewski said. “He likes to kind of bluff one side and bring the other side. The Steelers will just kind of have everyone milling around in there and then some of them are coming, some of them are dropping. So, definitely different things but a lot of the same misdirection stuff.”

– With the release of defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi today, the Raiders are down to four players from their 2012 draft class.
Linebacker Nathan Stupar was the first to go, at the end of training camp in 2012. Bilukidi lasted a little more than a year longer. He played in 13 games last season and five this season.
The remaining players are: offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, linebacker Miles Burris, wide receiver Juron Criner and defensive end Jack Crawford.
Of the six players selected by general manager Reggie McKenzie in his first time spearheading a draft, none has developed into a long-term starter.
Burris flashed last season and earned a starting job when veteran Aaron Curry suffered an injury during the offseason. He’s now on the mend from offseason knee surgery and not assured playing time when he returns.
Criner hasn’t been active for any games this season. Bergstrom is on season-ending injured reserve. He started one game last season. Crawford is a seldom-used backup.

– Running back Darren McFadden had an extra week to heal his hamstring. Allen said it appears as if the added time off helped McFadden quite a bit, as it did the other players.
“I don’t think anybody’s 100 percent at this point in time during the year,” Allen said, “but he looks explosive.”

– If Tony Pashos (hip) and Andre Gurode (knee) aren’t able to play Sunday, Allen said, it’s likely that the Raiders will sign Jack Cornell from the practice squad and place him on the 53-man roster as a means of adding depth.

– Allen stopped shy of calling Sunday’s game a must-win game, but he didn’t shy away from its importance.
“It would be big for us to come off a bye and get this win and start what I’m saying (is the) stretch run of the season, and start it off right,” Allen said. “This isn’t make or break, but this is a big game for us. We need to play well and we need to get in these games against good teams and find out ways to win.”
The Steelers started 0-4 but rebounded with victories in each of their past two games.
“This is a good football team that we’re playing,” Allen said. “They understand how to win. They know what the formula is to win in this league and they’ve done a really good job of it the last couple of weeks.”

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Duck: I was thinking the same thing about Butterkidi not being PS eligible. thanks for checking & confirmation

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Silver: Code Don’t Trade With Maverick!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    CODE HEATHEN!

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Bucs players coming out saying Schiano has lost the locker room now. That bodes well for me starting the Panthers Defense against them tonight in FF. Whoop Whoop #dysfunctional

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No prob. The big factor for PS eligibility is that the player in question cannot have been active for more than nine games in a single season or six games each in two separate seasons. Since Bilukidi was active for 13 games last season, he’s ineligible.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    are you sure…

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Gotta love Pryor is a hardworker, but at the end of the day results are what everybody looks at. I hope this kid keeps improving! Go Raiders!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Bilukidi was a complete and total BEAST at the Division II level. Sometimes players can make the jump from D-II all the way up to the NFL, but not usually. He was an acceptable gamble for a sixth-rounder.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    latest request was CJ Spiller & Andre Ellington in exchange for Jarrett Boykin & Roddy White. bwahahahahahaha!!

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    He seems like a cool guy

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    zero Raider fans in Angola now. Bummer!

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    anybody who doesn’t worship Lucyfer = cool guy

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    will Butterkidi return to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers ??

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    There is no such thing as Santa Claus or Satan. Maybe we can be friends again?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I don’t know if anyone caught this, but the Rams reached out to 44-year-old Brett Favre. Favre turned them down.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    There s no such thing as Santa Claus
    ***
    so who comes down the chimney and leaves presents then? and who gobbles up the cookies & milk? who else flys around in a sleigh pulled by reindeer? don’t be ridiculous, silver!

  • The_Judge37

    Allen stopped shy of calling Sunday’s game a must-win game

    D.A.Cup, you Fkn’ wimp. THIS IS A MUST WIN GAME!

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Judge: we can start 2-5 and still make the playoffs. the Giants & Chargers did it before

  • The_Judge37

    Not if you don’t treat every single game as a must-win.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Silver: I know you’re not coming to church with me. How about a Miami Heat game sometime? you’re not a fan of the roundball either – are you?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Harry Potter

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I would go to a Blues game with you when I am in MO.

  • The_Judge37

    I like that Pryor works hard and has got some confidence back during the Bye week. But he needs to put it all together already. Polishing your mechanics doesn’t mean $h!t if you throw it all out the window as soon as the 1st play breaks down.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    havent seen the movies. that kid is a serious nerd though. Beeeeeeecham wouldn’t approve of having that guy enter the home or the PARTYDUDE 8000

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    If he was disguised as the singer for Simply Red he might get in.

  • The_Judge37

    Unless Harry can conjure up some wasted strippers.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Well, there aint no god
    and there aint no devil
    and there aint no heaven
    and there aint no heII

    You got to do what you can
    while you’re living on this planet
    and if you die happy you’ll know
    that you did it well

  • Nick Gancayco

    Actually, not really…they are actually very similar..

    Russell Wilson first 7 games:

    60.1%

    1230

    8 passing td
    7 int

    TP first seven games:

    60.7 completion

    1216 yds

    7 passing td
    6 int

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    So when he’s canned tomorrow morning, do you think Butch Davis or Dave Wannstedt replaces him?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    RR, you live in Misery?

  • marks hair

    levi did nice write up on reggies drafts picks.. harsh but true.. and did we just drop another one of Reggies pics for a situational pass rusher?
    wasn’t that why some of us was hoping we would keep bass?
    bass has more tackles than sio by the way..

    I know the team is showing some slight improvement, but Reggie has to start doing a better job of drafting players because they are the long term of the team.. anything that these one year wonder players accomplish won’t really matter next year when they’re gone..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Beeeech does.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Lets get out the vote today Purv!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Garcia wants to play.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    TP2 is gonna light up the Stealers like a Christmas tree

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Tempted to log out and upvote him as ‘Guest’.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    the Show Me state, baby!

  • marks hair

    id say we are past that.. there are no must win games for him.. its a tarp yr.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    If we both did that today we might get him to 100%

  • The_Judge37

    So I guess you’re in the “Must-Compete” crowd.

  • Charlie

    Peyton was 3-13 his rookie year. and yes, this really is TP’s rookie season. Let it go.
    As I have been telling you 2014 is the earliest we will be relevant again.
    It sucks that we have been bad as long as we have but that falls on the prior regime and a decade of horrible drafts and signing the likes of Javon Walker and Tommy Kelly to HOF contracts.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Do you like Hockey?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    makes sense. no Lane Kiffin?

  • hwnrdr

    LOL

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Nope! never been to a game though – might be funner in person. on TV it’s lame like golf or bowling imo

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Damien’s write-up contained several factual errors. Stopped paying attention to it after that.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    What about a good blues bar with a hot local band?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Another draft pick is gone in Raiders new regime poor draft returns

    By Levi Damien

    on Oct 23 2013

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/10/23/5022278/another-draft-pick-is-gone-in-oakland-raiders-new-regime-overall-poor-draft-record

  • Charlie

    Agreed. Our 2012 draft was basically supplemental picks. We need to hit on rounds 1-3 given where we are as team.
    We did not have any of those picks till 2013.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    MDS’s pick: Steelers 24, Raiders 10.

    Florio’s pick: Steelers 20, Raiders 13.

    ***
    dirty rotten scoundrels!!