Terrelle Pryor's Job Security Is Under Attack in Oakland

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIJune 5, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Terrelle Pryor #6 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball against the San Diego Chargers on December 30, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Earlier this offseason, the Oakland Raiders had several free-agent quarterbacks to look at as well as those on the trading block and those who had declared for the NFL draft.

There were many possibilities, including Vince Young and Kevin Kolb as free agents as well as Geno Smith and Matt Barkley as possible draftees.  There was also Matt Flynn, the man who became Oakland's choice to be the new QB after trading away Carson Palmer.

Usually as the offseason winds down and we get closer to training camp, most teams tend to have a good idea of who the starting quarterback will be and who will follow on the depth chart.  That is not entirely the case in Oakland.

Although Flynn is penciled in as the starter, the Raiders still drafted a solid QB in Arkansas's Tyler Wilson, and there is still the presence of Terrelle Pryor.  On top of that, undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin is a candidate to make the 53-man roster.

Pryor should be very concerned because he is the one player in this four-man competition who has not been endorsed by the new regime.  The story of Pryor is well-known.  He was the last draft pick of Al Davis and is an athletic specimen but an inconsistent passer.

Pryor had his shot to leave an impression on the coaches and the front office when he made his one career start in Week 17 last year.  Although he showed that he could develop into a very good player, the front office, led by general manager Reggie McKenzie, went out and traded for Flynn, drafted Wilson and signed McGloin.

The Raiders may not have a close competition for the starting QB job, but Pryor will be entrenched in a competition with Wilson and McGloin to be the second and third quarterbacks behind Flynn.

Pryor has a unique skill set and Oakland would be wise to give him a few plays every game to utilize his ability to either run or pass.  It is an ability that none of Oakland's other quarterbacks can compete with.

Pryor may fall down the depth chart to third string behind Flynn and Wilson, but McGloin will have to perform much better than Pryor to force Pryor out of Oakland.  If McGloin does perform well, the Raiders would likely hope to land him on the practice squad and continue this battle in 2014.