The Oakland Raiders will start quarterback Terrelle Pryor in their final game of the 2012 season against AFC West rival San Diego Chargers. Starting quarterback Carson Palmer is out with a rib/lung injury and Pryor beat out Matt Leinart for the starting role. It will be his first career start.
“I know everybody’s probably wondering or whatever, but it’s my decision and I’ve decided to go with
Terrelle Pryoras our quarterback,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “He’ll start the game. He’ll play in the game and we’ll see how the game goes.”
For weeks, the Raiders have gone back and forth on their decision to play or not play Pryor. Last week, the team went with Leinart when the Palmer injury occurred. Now after a week of practice, Allen has decided to name Pryor the starter. It was the right choice considering Oakland needs to see him in extended game action as they move into the 2013 season.
“Really to give him an opportunity to go out in a game against a division opponent at their place and give him a chance to play, gives us a view into the future,” Allen said.
Pryor is still an NFL unknown. He has played limited snaps and sporadically this season. He has received very limited practice reps because he spent the entire year as the third string quarterback. Now the team will see if his unique talent can translate into game situations at this level. He stands 6-6 and weighs 230 pounds. He has the size and strength to give opposing defenses problems with his running ability. He has only attempted two passes in his two seasons, completing one for five yards. His throwing ability is his biggest question mark.
“I’m anxious to see him play,” Allen said. “I want to see him go out there and relax and play the game of football the way it’s supposed to be played. I want to see him take command of the huddle. I want to see us be able to get in and out of the huddle and the operation be smooth in running the offense. And then I want to see him protect the football and make sure he makes good decisions, and hopefully he’ll be able to do something with his skill set to give us a chance to move the ball down the field and score some points.”
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