It now appears that the Raiders starting quarterback job is Terrelle Pryor's to lose. He will be under center Thursday for the team's final preseason game, and if all goes well he could remain there once the regular season begins.
“When you see Terrelle in a game, he just looks faster than the other players on the field,” Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said, via CSNBayArea.com. “That's what jumped out at me, and probably jumped out at most people when they watch him play. He can run. He is a tremendous athlete, and he's got the ability to make plays. Right now we're looking for playmakers.”
This comes days after coach Dennis Allen said that he's keeping an open mind about the quarterback competition. In the Raiders' third preseason game, Pryor outplayed Matt Flynn and it wasn't even close.
“I think obviously we have to look at it,” Allen said when asked about the starting quarterback situation. “I think when you look at it I don't think Matt played well in this game. Obviously, I thought Terrelle came in and gave us a spark. I thought he played well in the game. I think that's something that we have to go and look at it. I'm not going to make any decisions on anything, obviously, tonight. I want to get a chance to go back and look at the tape and see how things went. But it was obvious that Terrelle gave us a little bit of a spark tonight.”
In the age of read-option quarterbacks, there's no better time to see what Pryor can do. Not only that, it's not like the Raiders are risking much; with Flynn, they'd likely win no more than six games, something they could accomplish with just about anybody under center.
Except, maybe rookie fourth-rounder Tyler Wilson. Not because he doesn't have the physical tools, but because the transition from college to the NFL has been a rough one.
"It's been frustrating," Wilson admitted, via the San Francisco Chronicle. "I keep telling myself, 'I can play better than this.' I want to show the organization and fan base what I can do."
And maybe that opportunity will come, but for now Wilson will have to watch as Pryor and Flynn battle for the starting gig.