Terrelle Pryor on switching positions: 'I don't know how to catch'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

For Terrelle Pryor it's quarterback or nothing. (USATSI)
For Terrelle Pryor it's quarterback or nothing. (USATSI)

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When the Seahawks sent a seventh-round pick to the Raiders for quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the first question on many people's minds was whether Pryor would be asked to switch positions.

Yes, he started nine games for Oakland in 2013, but completed just 57 percent of his passes and threw seven touchdowns against 11 interceptions. In starker terms, Pryor was the league's second-worst passer, according to Football Outsiders' QB efficiency metric, ahead of only Brandon Weeden

But any suggestion that Pryor might play anywhere other than under center is misguided; the Seahawks have said as much previously, and so too has Pryor.

"I don't know how to catch. I don't know how to run the ball as a running back,” he said, via the Seattle Times' Jerry Brewer. “I've been a quarterback my whole life.”

This doesn't change the fact that Pryor has to play with more consistency, which is the precise reason the Raiders shipped him out of town, traded for Matt Schaub and drafted Derek Carr. But the Seahawks have been pleased with Pryor's progress this offseason and aren't going to rush him.

"He's working really, really hard to get it," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said last week. "There are a lot of good things that are happening out here. Sometimes just being able to spit the play out in the huddle can be a challenge and that hasn't been a problem for him. He's been able to rip right through it. He's picking up the offense really well."

Of course, any progress Pryor makes will be to determine whether he's second or third on the depth chart behind unquestioned starter Russell Wilson.

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