Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has reportedly named Terrelle Pryor, the third-year quarterback out of Ohio State, his starter, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, :
The Chronicle has learned Terrelle Pryor is starting at quarterback for #Raiders Sunday, per couple of league sources. Not a big surprise.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 3, 2013
Terrelle Pryor has been named the Raiders starting quarterback for the season-opener on Sunday, according to two league sources. Coach Dennis Allen told both Pryor and Matt Flynn his decision Monday morning and said he wasn’t going to say whom he chose for competitive reasons.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 5
During a Wednesday appearance on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," NFL.com's Michael Silver said there's "a lot of skepticism" about Pryor being the starting quarterback in Oakland. According to Silver, Pryor has an ally in Raiders owner Mark Davis, who would like to see what the third-year pro can do.
According to Silver, there are voices in the organization who believe [Matt] McGloin gives the Raiders the best chance to win.
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For the second preseason in a row, Matt Flynn has been surpassed on the depth chart by a younger, more athletic quarterback.
Speaking last Thursday of the imminent decision, Pryor said, "It's going to be Coach's call and whatever he feels is best for the team. Regardless, at the end of the day, it's all about the team, and if it's me leading, I'll lead to the best of my abilities. And we will get things done."
The Raiders are expected to be a serious competitor in the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes this season. To put it more simply, there are very few things to get excited about when it comes to the Silver and Black in 2013.
Pryor changes that.
While Flynn has shown to be immobile and downright unimpressive this preseason, Pryor has been elusive and scintillating.
Through three preseason games, this is how their stats matched up, courtesy of NFL.com:
|Player||Attempts||Completions||Completion %||Yards||TD||INT||Rushing Yards||Rushing TD|
Granted, it's hard to put much stock in games that don't matter—especially when each player is going up against different units on defense—but it doesn't take a genius to see that Pryor gives the Raiders a much different dynamic.
In fact, he showed the coaching staff enough in games and in practice to earn a start in the fourth preseason game against the Seahawks, so this was a move many saw on the horizon.
How many games will Pryor start in 2013?
Now it's become a reality.
This isn't a change that will suddenly vault the Raiders into the playoff picture, but Pryor is an enthralling playmaker capable of extending plays, moving the ball and injecting some life into the offense.
For a franchise that has seen so much inconsistency under center over the past decade, the 24-year-old athletic specimen is, at the very least, a compelling starter with the potential to be special in this new age of the NFL.