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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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  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    It’s hard to grow comfortable in the pocket when

    1) you don’t have a stable O-line, although I’ll give those second and third line guys credit for hanging tough
    2) you yourself admit you “never really knew how to throw a football properly” and you were 23/24 when you realized this
    3) you have always been outstanding with your feet so at the first sign of trouble you always knew you could take off running and give your team a first down or whatever it needed
    4) you don’t have experienced receivers
    5) you have all other kinds of things to learn as a “rookie” NFL qb
    6) in short, you don’t trust yourself to make accurate throws

  • SnBG

    I hope so. It’s to bad they have been injured. It makes it very hard to know where they stand at the end of the year.

  • Raider O

    Biggest weakness in WR. We lost our LT, and our 2nd rounder and 3rd rounder (last year) were injured too.

  • DJ Johnny

    I will say this. His receivers SUCKED last week and didn’t help him AT ALL.

  • Charlie

    Only three bloggers that I know do not agree with this.Most everyone is on board. I have pointed out that having guys like Barnes, Gurode, Pasos and Brisiel all being 31 or older is a very bad design.
    We have four young starters if we give Bergs the benefit of the doubt. We must use a 1-3 round pick on an Olineman next April.
    This season’s Pryor running for his life and our sporadic running attack especially against good defensive fronts has made the problem glaringly obvious.

  • The_Judge37

    Beagles are 23T in Points allowed, 31st vs the pass, 25th in Sacks, T13th in INT’s, 9th vs the Run

  • Raider O

    The QB’s arm was developed. It took him a few years.

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

    You raise several really good points.

    I think it is a combination of all the things you mentioned that make up TP2′s struggles.

    Not sure if those problems can be solved in a timely manner and what do you do if you are Reggie McKenzie?

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

    Do you think a athlete can develop a QB’s arm at a later stage in life?

    I am asking because I do not know myself…

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

    jaco pastorius

  • RaiderGuy50

    agree- we are going to Lower LeSean’s ypc average!!!

  • Raider O

    JV, Wiz, 26 yo rookie, and Watson are all under 30 and were drafted 2-3rd round.
    Injuries are the reason we need to go with guys like. Pashos and MB.
    Are you suggesting that we should draft more OL to compete and be depth before draft WRs, pass rushers, and playmakers?

  • SnBG

    I don’t think so Judge. Charlie is right about teams like the chiefs. You know they didn’t take a WR in the first rnd until 2011 after they had worked on their lines and that was after they had won the west in 2010.

  • Charlie

    This year is the same as the last ten.
    We will be 4-4 after this week BUT 0-3 aginst playoff teams as near as I can tell.
    We will never get back to the playoffs till we improve BOTH lines.

  • The_Judge37

    Showing results 1 – 25 of 7100 for: nick foles

    Did you mean:”nick holes”?
    ——
    Thought this was funny in my search for Nick Foles. He’ll be known as Nick Holes after this weekend.

  • SnBG

    You’re right but remember we are 6th in the league against the run and have only allowed an avg of 90 rushing yards a game.

  • Raider O

    1- SD drafted Rivers because they were not sold on Brees.
    2- it took A Smith a few years to improve, so it’s possible, but it’s not the norm.

  • Jon Train

    Strength vs strength, weakness vs. weakness. All the makings of a close, possibly ugly game.

    Just like the KC game, field position, special teams and turnovers will be the deciding factor.

  • The_Judge37

    They’re pretty good at getting Picks, dead last at Forcing Fumbles.

  • Charlie

    Duck and Others.
    After this week I believe we will be 4-4.
    Unfortuanately we will be 0-3 against playoff teams as near as I can tell.
    This has been our problem for the last decade.
    The problem is the line of scrimmage battles. We lose BADLY AGAINST GOOD TEAMS. 9-54 aginst playoff teams the last 11 years. Our line play will not be fine till we get better players.
    We will not return to the playoffs till we can beat a playoff team on the line of scrimmage.
    Beating the Jags and Steelers is great. We need to beat the Chefs, Broncos and Colts to be relevent again.

  • Jon Train

    I agree with you but its close. Legitimate arguments can be made for OL WR or QB being the weakest unit.

    “If the oline was healthy”…fact is, bergs is a very questionable talent and Watson is still a complete unknown. Makes it hard to evaluate that scenario.

  • Just Fire Baby

    CAn’t wait to watch Chip Kelly prove how not to be an NFL HC.
    That guy has made some comical bad decisions in regards to when to go for 4th down and 2 pts, managing the clock, when to run no-huddle.
    HIs whole thing was pace and going to run all these plays and tire up the opposing defense. As it turns out, per MMQB, they are actually running LESS plays per game last year, but with a drastically less amount of TOP per game.
    Good job coach!!!

  • Carl weathers

    Holy fvck pal! Everytime I pop in here I see another post from you with the same crap. We know we Oline help but its week 10 ffs! Wwere lucky to find Pashos and McCants AND Gurode. We know man, we know, we know!!

  • Jon Train

    Pretty sure thats what Jason Witten told Dez Bryant.

    WE KNOW!!!

    GIVE IT A REST!

    LOL

  • SnBG

    Yes , I made the point that the starting O line can’t really be evaluated because of injuries. So you could make the case for the other units I suppose but the receivers where up against the leagues second best pass defense last week so I could see why they would struggle. Steelers are very low against the run, I forget the rank, and our base run game didn’t do much even with that fact. BTW Moore has only 1 drop this year and Streater has no drops.

  • willy91137

    how good of a job is the Mackenzie doing yet nine good players on defense of good as his draft class ben and I think he’s done an excellent job except for Flynn that was a bad one but he sucked it up and got rid of hem and I think we’re right on schedule this time next year we should have some good players on both sides of the ball I do not know where the quarterback situation will be them though

  • Jon Train

    yeah its totally possible with the right guy in the right situation.
    I don’t think there’s any doubt that Pryor can improve. It’s just a matter of how long is it gonna take and what opportunities for other QBs become avail if/when the Raiders brass loses patience.

  • willy91137

    Were a lot better team this year I think we can beat Kansas City at home and I think we can give Denver a good run for their money were not very good on the road maybe that will change next week

  • willy91137

    Very few college coaches make it in the NFL and it looks like Chip Kelly’s is not making it

  • SnBG

    Man, I’ll say.

  • Jon Train

    Doesn’t have to prove himself to the media either, which was really his point. He was already a little irked by them asking all these Chip Kelly college questions and he said flat out “I’m here to talk about Raiders-Eagles. Let’s talk about that”

  • Carl weathers

    He’s like Steve Spurrier without the ego.

  • SnBG

    JFB, did you read the article about Rethinking the Blind Side?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Didn’t or haven’t heard about it. Got the link?

  • willy91137

    Reggie McKenzie wants to run the West Coast offense like they run in Green Bay and prior will have to learn how to make them short throws

  • Charlie

    Tell JFB, Raider O and JHill.
    They still think we can build an Oline with UDFA’s and 7th round picks that is good enough to win a super bowl.
    That the Oline is not very important in “todays game”.

  • Charlie

    No coach without prior NFL coaching eperience has succeeded in the NFL with the exception of Jimmy Johnson and Switzer with Johnson’s team.
    Not Saban, Holtz, Spurrier, Fairbanks etc.
    May be adding Kelly to that list shortly.

  • willy91137

    may be at the end of the year I wonder how many years he got on his contract if he signed a four-year contract he’s good for another year

  • SnBG

    True that but you Know Smith is very efficient and doesn’t make many mistakes and was good enough with the Niners to get to the playoffs. BTW, Smith is second only to Pryor in rushing. Dude can run. Remember the Chiefs made the playoffs in 2010 and are extremely talented. Without that Reid would be hurting right now.

  • willy91137

    win-win get our offense of line all back I think our running game will take off in I heard prior in the backup quarterback were throwing long passes yesterday they must be planning the first play of the game in a San Diego game the first play and in the Steeler game

  • aig
  • aig

    I’m sorry to report that I saw Ford still running routes for the Raiders in practice yesterday. Yuck!!!!!

  • Papertiger

    Yeah, and it makes some good points. I would have cast someone besides Sandra Bullock as well.

  • Papertiger

    Andre Holmes needs to show up big time if our offense is going to move forward. Eagles defense is ripe for the taking!

  • I AM RAIDER

    i love that we are trying to upgrade and do something different…but 6’4″ wide receivers dont belong in the slot…

  • 24

    Pryor paused, smiled, leaned into the microphone and ended his news conference by saying, “Just win baby.”

    Awesome!

  • rifflicks

    You’re absolutely right Einstein…..keep your most explosive, fastest and athletic players at QB where he is a mediocre performer, and has the potential to hurt the team the most

  • R8erEduc8er

    That’s what I’m saying. 6’4″ WRs belong on the outside.

  • rifflicks

    offense of line….do they hold those in police stations???

  • R8erEduc8er

    Good read! You can tell this team has good coaches. Good breakdowns by the writer. I hope we have a lot of different plays and looks because this writer gives a very thorough scouting report on our offense!