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Oakland Raiders (starting?) quarterback Terrelle Pryor is well on his way to proving me wrong with a fantastic preseason performance which outshone expectations for the young signal-caller—even though he had a bumpy Week 4 appearance.
Pryor finishes the preseason with a 59.5 passer rating, 221 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. However, he also had 131 yards rushing. (via NFL.com)
Coming out of Ohio State, Pryor was as great an athlete, but as unpolished a passer as one could ask for outside of maybe Tim Tebow. He's still not going to make anyone think he's the next coming of Peyton Manning, but he does have a legitimate shot at beating out Matt Flynn in Oakland.
Think of it this way: By all estimation, the long-term starting quarterback for the Raiders probably isn't on the roster this year. Maybe it's Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Maybe it's a free-agent possibility like Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Either way, as of right now, it's not any of these guys.
But, if we're talking chances, Pryor has infinitely more physical tools than Flynn. That means there's, at least, a light at the end of the tunnel for him. It also means that the team is accomplishing something by starting him—even if the team's record is pure futility.
I've been one of Pryor's harshest critics in the NFL, but he should be the starter this season. He's earned it this preseason.