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The struggles of the Oakland Raiders since their 2002 Super Bowl Appearance have been well recognized by the rest of the NFL and fans everywhere. From 2003 on, Oakland has gone an abysmal 49-111 in the 10 seasons since that championship appearance, and along the way the Raiders have produced an endless number of organizational low lights. The worst of which include drafting JaMarcus Russell first overall in 2007 and the recent claim made by former receiver Tim Brown that former head coach Bill Callahan purposely sabotaged the team’s offensive game plan for the 2002 Super Bowl matchup with Jon Gruden’s Buccaneers.
Despite these blunders and the team’s irrelevance during the past decade conditions seems to be slowly but steadily improving in Oakland. Current head coach Dennis Allen seems to have the right ideas on how to make this team successful in the near future. While there is still much room for improvement as far as the roster is concerned, the Raiders might just have an ace up their sleeve at the quarterback position. If you think I’m talking about 33 year old veteran Carson Palmer you would be wrong.
Two years ago Oakland used a 3rd round pick in the supplemental draft to select Terrelle Pryor out of Ohio State, and he has been slowly improving ever since then. He may not be ready to take over the starting job just yet, but coach Allen has already displayed faith that he will eventually progress far enough to be the team’s starting QB.
“When he shows he is ready to be the guy, he will be the guy,” “I’m all for that. I want to win.”
The fact that Allen says when Pryor is ready and not if shows he already has confidence in the still raw QB and sometimes a coach’s confidence is all a player needs to make the leap from having potential to play in the league and actually being able to do so. The Raiders love Pryor’s work ethic and believe football is the most important to him at this point in his life. Combine those intangibles with his athletic potential and Oakland could be looking at a very dynamic player in the near future.
With the way the NFL is starting to trend more towards athletic mobile quarterbacks like RGIII, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick the Raiders would love to build an offense around one of their very own. Pryor combined to throw for 6,177 yards and run for 2,164 yards in just 3 seasons at Ohio State, which certainly qualifies him as a dual threat under center. And the Raiders have a few pieces that would fit quite nicely if Pryor ever earns the starting job. Running back Darren McFadden is the one of the most versatile talents in the league but he has to prove he can stay healthy as he has been somewhat injury prone throughout his career. Wide Receiver Denarius Moore had a mini breakout season last year as he caught 51 balls for 741 yards and 7 touchdowns in just his second year in the league. Receivers are generally known to fully emerge in their 3rd year so look for Moore to keep progressing in his production.
For now this idea of Pryor as a productive NFL quarterback is still a pipe dream, but if Allen is correct in his assumptions about the young QB, Oakland would need to get started on filling the roster with a few more playmakers. It might be a bold prediction but look for Terrelle Pryor to make a significant impact on the Oakland Raiders sooner rather than later.
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