Silver & Black Attack - Pryor debuts, untapped potential

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Pryor debuts, untapped potential

An 'Al Davis Special' is what a bunch of individuals have been referred to before. An Al Davis special is a freak of an athlete who has unique qualities about them that one cannot teach. An example being, Darrius Heyward-Bey. A 6'2", 215 pound wide reciever who ran a 4.2 40-yard dash. You can't teach height. You can't teach weight. You can't teach speed. Heyward-Bey posses all of the above and that got him drafted seventh overall in the 2009 NFL draft, by Al Davis. This was referred to as a reach by just about every single expert because Heyward-Bey had a very questionable ability to catch the football, obviously the biggest concern for a receiver. However, Al Davis would take a chance on players like this because catching a football can be taught. Sometimes Davis' picks have panned out extremely well, and others have turned out the way many expected.

Not only is Terrelle Pryor an Al Davis special, he is also Al Davis' last draft pick ever. Davis selected Pryor in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft. Pryor fits the exact mold of an Al Davis guy. He's 6'5", 235 pounds, runs a 4.3 40-yard dash and plays the quarterback position. He had very questionable character and others questioned if he could succeed at the quarterback position at the next level. Pryor has done nothing but keep his head down and work hard since being in Oakland and it paid off during the last week of his second season.

This past weekend, Pryor got the start versus the San Diego Chargers. Although the Raiders lost, Pryor showed a ton of what Al Davis saw in him - raw and untapped potential. He could become a game changer at the quarterback position. Pryor was a mediocre 13-28 passing the ball with two touchdowns and one interception. The low completion percentage was to be expected because it was his first real game experience with the first team wide receivers and the timing was just off. Pryor showed off his arm strength at times while just missing his target by a yard or two. Missing by a yard or two doesn't seem like much, but it is a lot in the NFL. Luckily, they were "good misses,” meaning he missed where only his guy had a chance at it. Defenders couldn't make many plays on his passes.

Pryor also showed off what we already knew, his ability to run, scramble and keep the play alive. He carried the ball nine times for 49 yards and one touchdown. Very much a threat with his feet. If he continues his hard work and progression with the playbook, it seems like he may have a long solid career in the NFL. I believe he should've gotten his opportunity a bit sooner because of the Raiders being out of the playoffs a long time ago. With him only playing one game, it may very well lead to a QB controversy in this very long offseason ahead of us. 

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