A Closer Look at the Raiders' Decision to Start Terrelle Pryor

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A Closer Look at the Raiders' Decision to Start Terrelle Pryor
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It has been reported by Scott Bair of CSN California that Terrelle Pryor will start for the Oakland Raiders at Seattle in the preseason finale.  Pryor last started for Oakland in the regular-season finale in 2012 at San Diego.

After the Raiders traded for Matt Flynn, drafted Tyler Wilson and signed undrafted free agent Matt McGloin, it seemed that Oakland's general manager Reggie McKenzie was looking for options besides Pryor to start for the Raiders on September 8 in Indianapolis.  

Pryor has come a long way to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.  He went through a six-game suspension from a scandal at Ohio State after being drafted in the third round of the supplemental draft, and he has watched Oakland bring in new players to start over him.  

Pryor has sat behind Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer and Matt Flynn (Kyle Boller and Matt Leinart were also above him at times on the depth chart), but his chance to start has come.  Well, his second chance if you count Week 17 of last year.  

Pryor was given a chance to nail down the starting job going into this past offseason, but apparently he didn't do enough for McKenzie and Dennis Allen.

On that note, let's take a closer look at reasons to celebrate and reasons to stay calm (if you're a Pryor supporter) after the decision was made to start Pryor at Seattle.

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