Yesterday, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen admitted the team has discussed the potential of giving quarterback Terrelle Pryor a chance to play. If the Raiders choose to play Pryor it will be the right decision. At 3-8, the organization can chalk the 2012 season as a loss. It is time to see which players are in the future plans for Oakland.
Pryor has only played one snap in his two year NFL career. After the Raiders gave up a third round draft pick to take Pryor in the 2011 Supplemental Draft, he has yet to be active in 2012. Now is the time to see how Pryor's skill set can be used in the NFL. No one is suggesting turning the team over to Pryor completely, but to use him in some packages to give opposing defensive coordinators more to think about. Although Pryor has made strides as a quarterback in preseason and practice, he has a long way to go. However, he has shown flashes of electricity and has earned a shot at some playing time. He is one of the more physically gifted and athletic quarterbacks in the NFL. The situation could be very similar to the way the San Francisco 49ers used Colin Kaepernick before he took over for Alex Smith.
It is not a damnation of starting quarterback Carson Palmer either. Palmer has shown incredible toughness and perseverance this season. He has thrown for 3,181 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The turnover numbers are high and his decision making is questionable at times, but he has tried to will this team to wins all year. Palmer is a fine quarterback, but he is not the future. He is already 32 years old and has played ten years in the league. It is time to see what Pryor can offer this organization.
This is a very low risk move for the Raiders. They have lost eight games on the season, including four in a row. Six of their eight losses have come by double digits and their average margin of defeat is 19.25 points. The defense has been gashed in many games. The offensive line has had their fair share of struggles. Can it really get any worse?
New Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie has made it very clear he is not totally confident in the talent on this team. Proven by the cuts and moves he has already made, it appears the Raiders will look very different next season. Sticking with that mindset, the organization would be doing a disservice by not giving Pryor a chance to play.
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