By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 4:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor admits he wasn’t completely forthcoming last week regarding his right knee sprain and was a spectator Wednesday while backup Matt McGloin took snaps with the first team offense.
“It was the competitive nature in myself,’’ Pryor said. “I was thinking, I can go out, I’ve just got to do this. I can go sit in the pocket.’ It fired back against me. I didn’t want to let my teammates down.’’
Coach Dennis Allen said Pryor would be monitored during the week and if unable to play, McGloin would become the Raiders third starting quarterback of the season after Pryor and the departed Matt Flynn.
“We’ll monitor Terrelle as he goes through the week and see how he’s feeling as the week goes on,’’ Allen said.
After not letting on regarding his knee last week, Pryor wasn’t making any bold predictions about facing the Texans Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
“It’s up to the training staff and D.A.,’’ Pryor said. “However he feels about the situation, that’s on him. And, obviously, myself, how I feel.’’
Pryor was 11 of 26 passes for 122 yards, one touchdown and an interception that Terrelle Thomas returned 65 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown as the New York Giants beat the Raiders 24-20.
In his first four games, Pryor never completed less than 62.4 percent of his passes in any game, had games with passer ratings of 112.4 and 135.7 and had four touchdown passes and two interceptions.
In the last four games, Pryor hasn’t completed more than 53.7 percent of his passes in any game and has one touchdown pass and eight interceptions.
Pryor said he is no less confident in his ability.
“I think I still bring excitement. I think I make people’s eyes go wide on plays,’’ Pryor said. “I’m not too worried about a loss of confidence at all. It’s just a learned lesson and you try to put your head down and keep digging.’’
McGloin, the undrafted free agent out of Penn State, played late in a 49-20 loss to Philadelphia after Pryor twisted his knee on a scramble, completing 7 of 15 passes for 87yards.
A McGloin start would take the read option series out of play and give the Raiders an offense similar to what they anticipated during training camp until Flynn floundered and Pryor won the job.
McGloin was encouraged by the way the offense responded Wednesday.
“We’re obviously two different quarterbacks,’’ McGloin said. “Terrelle can do a lot of great things. I obviously don’t have the running ability he has, but I bring some good things to the table. I was proud of the way our offense handled me being in there for the first time.’’
– There are reinforcements on the way for the injury-wracked offensive line in the form of tackles Tony Pashos and Jared Veldheer, although perhaps not right way.
Pashos, out for the last four games with a hip injury, was limited in practice. Veldheer, who had triceps surgery late in training camp, put the pads on and began a 21-day clock during which time he can be taken of the injured reserve designated for return list and placed on the 53-man roster.
Allen said Pashos was limited, but did get some first team reps and “if he’s totally healthy you could see him in there.’’
Pashos said he participated only in the walkthrough “and some individual stuff’’ and couldn’t speculate on his availability.
“I’m happy to be out there and not in the training room,’’ Pashos said.
Whether it’s Pashos or rookie rookie Menelik Watson, the right tackle will have his hands full with Houston left end J.J. Watt. Watt, last season’s NFL Defensive player of the Year, had two forced fumbles and recoveries in a 27-24 loss to Arizona and has sacks in each of his last four games.
Veldheer’s progress will be monitored closely and Allen wouldn’t speculate when he could actually play in a game.
“Hopefully, it will be soon,’’ Allen said.
– Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and cornerback DJ Hayden (groin) were working with athletic trainers before heading inside once practice began.
Others who did not participate in included strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (ribs), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs) and tackle Matt McCants (toe).