Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/14/14

Few NFL teams can boast what the Oakland Raiders have, which is a third string quarterback like Terrelle Pryor. He has the talent, athletic ability, and unique skills that set him apart from most quarterbacks, but his most important attribute is his work ethic.

 

“I love to work hard. In my mind, if I work hard and I don’t take plays off and stuff like that, I think I’m getting that one percent,” Pryor said during mandatory mini-camp. “I’m working hard every day. Sometimes it’s not the best days but I’m still learning a new offense here. Especially me, I’m not taking a lot of reps. When I’m taking certain reps, it’s just not crisp right now. After I get a couple reps, I should be fine.”

Several factors could hinder Pryor's development this season. As of now he is working as the third string quarterback which means limited reps. With the Raiders implementing a new offensive system under coordinator Greg Knapp, starter Carson Palmer is getting the majority of reps. Back-up Matt Leinart has the experience edge over Pryor and has worked in this offense the last two seasons is Houston. After being drafted in the Supplemental Draft last season, Pryor did not join the Raiders until training camp began, leaving him behind. Despite these factors, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen likes how Pryor is working and believes in his potential.

“He’s made progress, still a long way away, but he’s made significant progress and the thing I’ve liked about him is his demeanor and the way he’s gone about trying to work and get better,” Allen said. “I think as long as he does that, he’s got enough athletic talent that eventually he’s going to become a player.”

Coming into the 2012 season, Pryor has the opportunity to participate in a full offseason. He has participated in all of the organized team activates and mini-camps, which will only help his development. At Ohio State, Pryor proved he was a winner and a play maker. His record for the Buckeyes ended at 31-4 including a 21-3 mark against the Big Ten conference over three years. Pryor completed 65 percent of his passes and accumulated 2,772 passing yards with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while rushing for 754 yards and four scores, in his final year as a junior. His next step is to translate his college success to the Raiders starting with a good training camp in late July, which Pryor is excited about.

“I think it’s good. Not only that, but the biggest thing for me is when we get back July 29th, I believe, when we go to Napa, I think we have about 12 or 14 practices and I think that’s going to be big,” Pryor said. “We’re going to go over and reinstall stuff we just went over these past couple weeks. That’s going to be huge to revisit and see that stuff again. It’s going to be big for me.”

Pryor is not counting himself out of becoming the back-up to Palmer. He will need a solid training camp to learn the offense so when he hits the field it's a matter of reading and reacting. When he gets comfortable in the offense he can use his athletic ability, strong arm, and unique skill set to impress the coaching staff in preseason games.

“I’m just trying to get better, one percent like I said,” Pryor said. “There’s also preseason coming up, and when you start playing games that’s important in the story. I know you guys look forward to that. I know 100 percent I am looking forward to it. At the end of the day, it’s going to come down to who’s productive in preseason. We’re all playing good; we’re all fighting and competing. We’re all having fun. I love them, too. Carson and Matt, I love being around them. I have nothing bad to say about them.”

 

 

 

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