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Pryor bristles at suggestion he needs to prove his game well-rounded

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 4:59 pm in Oakland Raiders.

It wasn’t so long ago when people wondered whether the Raiders would create a package of plays that would take advantage of Terrelle Pryor’s superior running ability. Then came Pryor’s meteoric transformation from a project into a legitimate NFL starter.
Sure, Pryor has started only seven games during his two-plus NFL seasons — six of those came this season — but that’s enough of a sample size for people to get the point that Pryor is more than a runner.
“We’re a little past that,” Pryor said, when asked whether he is eager to prove that he is more than a running quarterback. “You can go watch against the Broncos and a couple of other teams. I threw the ball very well. I’m not really into trying to prove anything to anybody.”
Pryor said all he cares about is winning games. If it means running 93 yards on a quarterback keeper or throwing a well-placed pass to Rod Streater, as he did on the first play of the game against the Chargers, Pryor’s focus is upon winning games these days.
And he certainly isn’t in the mood to hear any criticism about how the Raiders passing game has languished among the least productive in the league all season on the heels of a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“It’s all about getting a win,” Pryor said. “At the end of the day, we got a win. You’re not going to question me for winning the game. Now if we lost and had that bad game, yeah, but winning … ”
Pryor paused, smiled, leaned into the microphone and ended his news conference by saying, “Just win baby.”
Eagles coach Chip Kelly apparently doesn’t need any convincing about Pryor being a well-rounded quarterback.
“They’re doing a lot more things with him as a passer,” Kelly said. “He seems like he wants to stay in the pocket and throw the ball. He’s that package that you worry about as a defensive group because he can throw it, but he can also tuck it down and make some really good plays. He’s obviously a very big threat, and we need to make sure we contain him.”
Just don’t fence him in and call him a running quarterback, coach.

– Linebacker Miles Burris practiced today for the first time since last season ended. Soon thereafter, he said he feels confident that he’s going to be activated to the 53-man roster at some point within the next three weeks.
That’s the time frame the Raiders have to decide whether Burris is healthy enough to warrant a spot on the 53-man roster. If not, their other choices are to place Burris on season-ending injured reserve or release Burris.
As far as Burris is concerned, there isn’t any question how this is going to turn out.
“I feel very confident,” Burris said. “Whenever I’m out there, I’m confident. As a football player, you kind of have to.”
Burris said he just wants to help the Raiders however he can, even if that means special teams.

– Left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer met with a doctor in Los Angeles on Monday. On Wednesday, he said everything is going well and that he’s “on track” for a return soon.
Allen said on track means “soon” and that the initial prognosis called for Veldheer to miss three months with the torn triceps.
Veldheer suffered the injury one week into training camp and underwent surgery Aug. 14. Therefore, he’s coming up on three months for both dates.
Still, Allen said, it’s going to take a little more time for Veldheer to get back into the swing of taking on blockers, getting into football shape and getting ready to play in a game for the first time since last season.

– Menelik Watson fared pretty well at practice today, Allen said. He is going to get reps at left and right tackle, given he might be needed to either spot.
Watson worked at left tackle with the second-team offense at practice today.
“Both those guys looked fairly decent out there at practice,” Allen said of Watson and Burris. “We’ll continue to evaluate them as the week goes on. That was good to see to have those guys back out there. Those guys can help us.”
The interesting part comes when Veldheer and Watson are healthy enough to play.
We know that Veldheer pushes Khalif Barnes out of the left tackle spot. From there, it’s anyone’s guess.
Barnes has fared well at left tackle, and he’s the incumbent right tackle. Still, Tony Pashos has played well at right tackle after being signed out of desperation near the end of training camp.
It’s likely that Barnes will go back to right tackle, with Pashos and Watson serving as backups, at least in the short term.
Another scenario involves Pashos or Watson playing right tackle and Barnes converting to guard.
Allen said Wednesday that the injuries to Pashos and Andre Gurode appear to be short-term ones as of now, though he isn’t quite sure when either might return.

– Eagles coach Chip Kelly recruited Pryor to play for Oregon University when Pryor was one of the most sought after high school players.
Ultimately, Pryor accepted a scholarship to Ohio State, where he guided the Buckeyes to a victory over Kelly’s Oregon team in the Rose Bowl.
Pryor completed 20 of 37 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns that game, and he rushed 20 times for 72 yards.
He was tempted to take his talents to Eugene — OK, so it’s not quite South Beach — but, in the end, he decided to play close to home so that his mother could attend his games.
“I loved his personality,” Pryor said of Kelly. “I loved the fire he brought to the game. He came to my high school and spent a lot of time at my high school, showing me uniforms and showing me the playbook, some of the stuff that he likes, that he runs. It was very interesting and intriguing.”

– Wide receiver Andre Holmes was on the field for more snaps than Jacoby Ford and Brice Butler against the Steelers. That’s not an anomaly. It’s by design.
“Obviously we want to try to continue to get him involved. Right now, I feel good about the wide receiver position. I want to see a little bit more consistency, but that’s not too much different than the rest of the football team.
“He’s a big-bodied guy. He had a really good preseason. He obviously missed a lot of time with the suspension so he’s still getting back into the groove of the offense a little bit, but he’s a guy that can help us.”
It also helps Holmes from the standpoint that when Ford and Butler did play they stood out more for what they didn’t do than for making positive plays.
Ford fumbled at the end of a short reception, not to mention fumbling a punt and coming close to muffing another punt. Butler clanked one pass right on the money and had another hit off his hands and wind up in the arms of a Steelers defender.

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  • R8erEduc8er

    cracks me up every time I see it written like that!

  • The_Judge37

    You mean: keep your most explosive, fastest and athletic players at QB where he has the ball at all times and can make plays.

  • rifflicks

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA…..yeah right…..with 11 men in between him and the end zone instead 2 or 3

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

    A QB’s job is to get the ball out of his hands and into the hands of a play maker as soon as possible.

  • rifflicks

    and what a shame the Raider with the most Play making ability isn’t getting the ball from the QB…..and all of the play makers are definitely not getting the ball enough when Pryor is at QB

  • The_Judge37

    So you’re suggesting he throw the lob and run it down himself? Interesting, just might work.

  • 2romes

    L. McCoy is the real deal. It going to be a real test for the Raiders defense to minimize his gain after he touches the ball.
    Communication of knowing where each defensive player is to attack this type of player is crucial to the Raiders defensive success. Converging on him as a unit will be the task.

    I have a feeling the Raiders receivers will pick it up after a dormant outing last week. Raiders 34 Eagles 13

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

    LMAO good one!

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Re: Pitt couldn’t afford Pryor comment…L. McCoy throwing punches below the belt. Funny but vulgar.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    So. Let Pryor run amock on the Eagles D. No need to risk the ball throwing it. The Eagles O is the equivalent of Santa Claus, loves to give the ball away. Raiders D better step up!

  • bcz24

    I thought the same thing when I heard it… funny, but just a grimy thing to say. Hope that’s sitting on the bulletin board.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I don’t know if I were RM what I would do. I’ve thought about it many times.
    First, if I were RM I’d have some idea about the guy I put on the practice squad, Tyler Wilson. If I were RM, I’d have a better idea than the fans if he has potential to be an NFL qb. Unlike many people on this blog, I am not at all convinced that they thought the guy was hopeless or that they thought him dumb. I listened to the kid speak. He didn’t sound dumb at all. In short, not to belabor the point, if I were RM, I’d know if Wilson was thought by the coaching staff to have starting potential or not. Maybe they think him only to have the ability to be a perpetual back-up.
    If they feel Wilson will never be a first stringer, not even with many reps, then by season’s end, were I RM, I’d have to force myself to look at TP’s body of work this season and ask one question: “Will he ever be an accurate and feared enough passer (who sometimes runs) who can win us a Super Bowl in a few seasons?” If the answer is “No, although can keep us in many games with his energy and his running and his passion” then I’d have to look to draft a qb. If there are none to be had, then I face the facts that I have to go with TP another year or so until I find one.
    If the answer is “Yes, he is growing more and more accurate and reading defenses better every week” then I worry about other positions.

  • Carl weathers

    Dolphins LT Martin has gone AWOL! Players complaining about play calling, losers of 4 straight and they the Bengals tonight who’ve won 4 straight and just destroyed the jets… Miami meltdown or bounce back?

  • bcz24

    Meltdown. You can’t buy wins in the NFL.

  • bcz24

    Jeff Ireland can beg Reggie for a job next January.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tell that to Marcus Colston, Eric Decker, Ed McAffery and Joe Jurevicious

  • bcz24

    We are the only defense in the NFL that can say no RB has had a single gain all season of over 19 yards.

  • 2romes

    With Chip, they may implement the DMAC type play with the option of McCoy throwing the ball. Watch out!

  • aig

    Hopefully it will enlighten some of the “style points” proponent on this blog but I doubt it.

  • R8erEduc8er

    There’s a team every year that tries to buy wins lol. Money wasted.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I didn’t see grimy or vulgar. Guess I’m just not that into College football.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Not sure what position they play but I’ll take your word for it. If Decker’s in the slot, what position does Welker play? I thought Welker was the prototypical slot receiver. If not, I stand corrected.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Decker played the slot last year and still does a lot this year.
    But Coltson is the perfect example. I think he is 6’6, slow as can be for an NFL WR, and a highly productive slot guy.
    Keyshawn also late in his career played mostly the slot.

  • plunkhead

    That dude is smarter then all us semis put together. Sounds like coach olsen is doing a great job

  • plunkhead

    I always said DHB would be great in the slot

  • aig

    For all your TP naysayers who want him to be a WR instead. Here is what an analyst broke down for you….

    This is why I showed you this play. Even when everything is completely
    shut down, defended to near perfection by the Steelers on the back end,
    the play is not over for Pryor. He uses his athleticism to escape the
    rush, brings it back to the original side of the field, and takes it for
    a 6-yard gain inside the 5-yard line. Pryor is incredibly dangerous
    with the ball in his hands because of his ability to make something out
    of nothing more often than not.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Ok. Still think Butler should be on the outside, but I can see Holmes making it work in the slot.

  • Chino

    So we need a no talent qb to dish it out to the playmakers? We already released Flynn …

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Did you know that if you put all us semis together, end to end…

  • plunkhead

    we would argue over which direction to face?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That was way less offensive than what I figured was coming. Oh crap, another softball. And yet another. Ima shut up now.

  • RaiderGuy50

    awesome read and link. Thanks and would encourage others to read– great X’s and O’s. It makes me like the coaches even more.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Game is a sellout

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Thought Cork never made predictions.

    who gets more sacks on the eagles game?by will they ever put greg..

    Going with Nick Roach this time.
    by scorkran 12:19 PM

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I can forgo trying to get the Chico broadcast over the airwaves for a bit longer.

  • Carl weathers

    Two florida teams were the big spenders and they both are struggling. Tampa 2 years in a row spent big bucks and they’ve yet to win! The other Florida team, well…

  • plunkhead

    Did you know that if you put all us semis together, end to end…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I would punch the first person who rags on the Raiders in the nose.

  • plunkhead

    I better learn how to make a smile face before someone takes me serious and delivers a blog beatdown on me.

  • bcz24

    Florida went 0 for October…

  • funnyfalcon

    Revis sure can earn a big check.

  • funnyfalcon

    You had me at Marques Colston but lost me thereafter..

  • http://charlesmalloy.com/ Chas Malloy

    TP2 channels AD with “Just win baby” to close his press conference….Pryor is flashing the confidence he has, this isn’t false hype but an example of an attitude that reflects leadership, a component of Raiders football that has been lacking and sorely needed to get to the next level in the NFL.
    One area of concern for me is the lack of touches for MR 45, he is by far the most versatile offensive threat the Raiders possess, dam he could play slot receiver if he was asked….Olsen must game plan for 45 to get the rock often.