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John Schneider: Pryor playing a non-QB position is 'not an option'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Terrelle Pryor apparently will continue to play as a quarterback. (USATSI)
Terrelle Pryor apparently will continue to play as a quarterback. (USATSI)

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After the Raiders traded Terrelle Pryor to the Seahawks for a seventh-round draft pick, the easy follow-up question to ask was whether Seattle had plans to adjust Pryor's career trajectory and transition him to another position.

The answer to that question apparently is a resounding no.

“Right now, he's learning the quarterback position and [playing another spot] is not even an option,'' general manager John Schneider said, via the Seattle Times.

So, despite the fact that Seattle returns a Super Bowl-winning starter in Russell Wilson and a veteran backup in Tarvaris Jackson, that's that, apparently.

But the other question to ask is why wouldn't the Seahawks experiment with Pryor? After all, he badly regressed in Oakland last season after a decent start to the season.

More from the Times:

Schneider acknowledged that it's hard not to look at the physical attributes of Pryor and not be intrigued by the non-quarterback possibilities. Pryor is listed at 6 feet 4 but Schneider referred to him as 6-5½, 245 pounds and having once been timed in the 40 in 4.36 seconds.

“The fantasy football guy in me is like, ‘Yeah, Kordell Stewart was great at it,'" Schneider said, referring to the former Pittsburgh QB who also played receiver.

But Schneider said the team acquired Pryor with the idea of adding depth and competition at quarterback.

Perhaps, then, Pryor is similar to Tim Tebow, a man who everybody seemingly wanted to become a tight end but whose bosses never felt (apparently) that he had the right tools to do so. So, why did Schneider bother to trade away a draft pick for Pryor?

“Just to be able to acquire a player of that caliber in the seventh round,'' Schneider said. “What our seventh round looks like right now, we felt the value was definitely there and it was worth it."

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