Amy Trask knows Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. She was an Oakland executive when the team took him in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft, and she watched his talent progress and the way he worked in practice as he toiled behind Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and Matt Leinart the past two years.
That's why she wasn't shocked with his solid performance in last week's near-Raiders victory against the Colts in Indianapolis.
“While many people may have been surprised at his performance, I was not,” Trask said Sunday on the CBS Sports Network's That Other Pregame Show. “I've been a proponent for quite a long time of giving this young man an opportunity. Give him a chance. When [Raiders general manager] Reggie McKenzie and [coach] Dennis Allen made the decision to move on from Carson Palmer, I thought the obvious and smart move was to give Pryor a chance. See what he has, see what he can do.”
It also didn't make sense to Trask to trade two draft picks for Matt Flynn, who had lost the Seahawks quarterback competition to Russell Wilson in 2012 before losing the 2013 Raiders competition to Pryor.
“There's a high cost associated with that trade, both in terms of draft picks and the compensation of Flynn,” she said. “You've got Pryor sitting there. Give him a chance. You've stated it's a team in transition. Give him a chance.”
Trask also compared Pryor's work ethic to that of former Raiders standout Rich Gannon. Which is high praise coming from a Raiders executive who knows Pryor and Gannon better than most.
Bart Scott countered that with Flynn, the Raiders needed insurance.
Said Trask: “Let's go where you're going. Matt Flynn had a two-game resume.”
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