Oakland Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor Is in the Right Place at the Wrong Time

The Oakland Raiders have begun their OTAs this week, and for the first time head coach Dennis Allen has his veterans and rookies together on the field.

News articles have come out claiming that, despite the signing of Matt Leinart, quarterback Terrelle Pryor was looking good in 7-on-7 drills. "QB Terrelle Pryor displayed nice zip and accuracy on 7-on-7's" said the team's website.

That's not the first "endorsement" of Pryor this offseason. Newly signed linebacker Phillip Wheeler talked about how much he likes to use the Raiders in Madden video games, and his offensive attack is to use Pryor as a mobile, strong-armed QB.

Wheeler is not the Raiders' offensive coordinator though. That job belongs to Greg Knapp. But it might as well be the same thing, right?

Knapp, and the West Coast offense he brings, will be asking the Raiders' staring QB Carson Palmer to use his feet and to move around as opposed to standing still in the pocket.

It's not a secret that the freakishly athletic Pryor is better suited for the West Coast offense than the older, less athletic Palmer.   

While I am a Palmer supporter, I can't help but wonder how explosive the Raiders' offense would be if Pryor was in the game. With his mobility, plus the speed of the Raiders receivers, the Raiders' offense could be even better than the Atlanta Falcons were under Knapp when he was coaching Michael Vick.

Perhaps when Allen hired Knapp to run the offense, Allen was thinking about the future with Pryor as the Raiders' QB. Everyone in the new Raiders organization, from general manager Reggie McKenzie to Allen, have publicly supported Palmer as the franchise QB.  

Although the offensive scheme may be better suited for Pryor, it looks like the starting job is Palmer's to lose.

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