The Oakland Raiders have been all over the headlines over the past few days with plenty of controversy circulating about Super Bowl XXXVII and Tim Brown’s comments about former head coach Bill Callahan.
Along with the Super Bowl controversy, former number one overall pick JaMarcus Russell has let it be known that he intends on making a comeback despite still pushing 300+ pounds. Russell was a total disappointment for the Raiders during his three years with the team and basically forced the franchise to release even with the reluctant of the late Al Davis.
With quarterbacks of the past making headlines, so are current quarterbacks on the Raiders squad. Backup Terrelle Pryor will apparently be competing for the starting job under center with veteran Carson Palmer once training camp gets underway for the Raiders according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports:
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday night at the Senior Bowl that Pryor will have a chance to compete for the first-string job this summer in training camp.
“He needs to see if he can take a game over in the preseason, make some plays and carry out a game plan,” McKenzie told me 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.”
With the NFL turning into a league filled with mobile quarterbacks, Pryor might fit the bill for the Raiders moving forward.
Palmer ended his first full season with the Raiders with only four wins and failed to prove he was the missing piece to the playoff puzzle in Oakland.
Pryor was able to get his time to shine for the Raiders in the regular-season finale against the division rival San Diego Chargers. Even though the Raiders ultimately lost the game, Pryor put up decent numbers with 150 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 49 yards and a touchdown.
The Ohio State product definitely needs some work in the passing game, but Pryor does bring a versatility to the Raiders’ offense and might be enough to merit a starting role next season.