Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor: The Good and Bad from Week 1

Terrelle Pryor’s performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 has been one of the hottest topics around the NFL this week and might be causing a few people to rethink their evaluation of the Oakland Raiders and their young quarterback.

As head coach Dennis Allen pointed out during his press conference on Monday, however, Pryor’s game wasn’t without its hiccups. The two interceptions obviously stick out like a sore thumb.

The good news is Pryor has time to work out the kinks. Allen was encouraged by what he saw and has no plans to make a change at quarterback any time soon.

Let’s take a look at some of the things that Pryor did well against the Colts, as well as a few things that didn’t work out so fine.


What he did right


Quick decisions

One of the earmarks of a young quarterback is indecision in the pocket, which can lead to all sorts of problems. Pryor, for the most part, displayed none of that. He made the proper reads for much of the game and got rid of the ball in a timely manner to receivers, especially on the quick slants dialed up by offensive coordinator Greg Olson in his effort to work to Pryor’s strengths.

He also took what the Colts gave him.

During one pass play early in the second quarter, Indianapolis dropped six men into coverage and rushed four, with linebacker Kelvin Sheppard staying in the middle as a spy on Pryor. Pryor took the snap and dropped back, but when he saw a huge gap in the middle of the Indianapolis defense he didn’t hesitate and took off down field, sprinting past Sheppard into the open field for a 29-yard gain.

Pryor also was quick to get to the edge on the read-option plays, which turned out to the X-factor for the Raiders offense. The 6’4”, 233-pound Pryor has a very long stride when he runs, and once he got to the corner it of...

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