3 Reasons the Oakland Raiders Must Start Terrelle Pryor in Final Three Games

The Oakland Raiders have lost six straight games with Carson Palmer behind center, and with only three remaining games on the schedule, it's time to give Terrelle Pryor a chance to prove his worth.

Misguided fans assume I've been calling for Pryor because I don't like Palmer or don't believe he's a good quarterback. This isn't the case, I assure you.

Reggie McKenzie needs to insist that Dennis Allen start Pryor in Week 15, and there are three main reasons why.


Pryor Could Be the Face of the Franchise

Palmer is a serviceable—perhaps better-than-average—starting quarterback, but he isn't the future of the franchise. He is still capable of throwing a pretty deep ball, but his best years are behind him. 

Pryor could be the team's quarterback for the next decade or longer, but the only way the Raiders can find out if he's worth investing in is by putting him into the line of fire. 

In terms of raw ability, Pryor rates up there with guys like Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. His biggest flaw at this point in his career is that he's never been a pro-style quarterback, but a creative game plan could do a lot to mask that.

At this point, the Raiders don't have anything to lose allowing Pryor a chance to show what he's capable of. With a record of 3-10, the only thing that could possibly make any impact on this team is if Pryor somehow injects life into an offense that hasn't been doing enough to win. 


Pryor Would Inevitably Boost the Team's Running Game

The Raiders rank No. 30 in the NFL in terms of rushing the football. Through 13 games, this team has barely managed 1,000 yards on the ground. 

Blame Greg Knapp if you must, but the fact remains that this team needs to find some balance on offense—somehow, some way.

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