Oakland Raiders to let Terrelle Pryor compete to start
By Gregg Rosenthal Around The League Editor Published: Jan. 23, 2013 at 08:22 a.m. Updated: Jan. 23, 2013 at 08:44 a.m. The Oakland Raiders have a new regime running the show, but they seem to be stuck with the same quarterbacks that the old guard left them.
Carson Palmer is too expensive to release. And the team still wants to give Terrelle Pryor a real shot at winning the quarterback job. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that Pryor would get a chance to compete for the starting job.
"(Pryor) needs to see if he can take a game over in the preseason, make some plays and carry out a game plan," McKenzie told Alex Marvez and co-host Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "Let him compete. That's what it's all about. If it looks like he can help us win, at the end of the day, that's what it's all about. That's what we want."
Pryor was shaky in a Week 17 start, competing fewer than half of his passes for 150 yards. He did throw for two touchdowns and run for 49 yards and a score, so it certainly could have been worse.
"It was good to see him go in and implement a game plan," McKenzie said. "He carried it out, played the game through and showed us what he can do. He definitely flashed some things that we're going to try and see what we can do with him in the offseason.
McKenzie came from Green Bay, where they went from one quarterback legend to another. It's hard to imagine him standing pat at the quarterback position much longer. A draft pick would not be a surprise.