Terrelle Pryor Deserves to Be Named Oakland Raiders’ Long-Term Starter

During the course of the 2013 NFL regular season, the Oakland Raiders have been given something unfamiliar: hope. Despite dropping to 1-3 after four weeks, the Raiders have received encouraging play at quarterback.

As the source of Oakland's reason for confidence, quarterback Terrelle Pryor deserves to be named the Raiders' long-term starter.

When a second-year quarterback is impressing everyone who watches him play, it seems rather self-explanatory that he deserves the starting job. Unfortunately for Pryor, we're talking about a Raiders organization that has been reasonably skeptical since the JaMarcus Russell debacle.

That means the Raiders are still looking for answers in spite of Pryor's strong play at quarterback.

Josh Freeman is a fine young athlete, but Pryor should be Oakland's man.

Oakland has reason to be skeptical, as Pryor has just six career appearances at quarterback after being drafted in the 2011 supplemental draft. In that short time, every unbiased fan and analyst who has watched the Raiders play has been thoroughly impressed.

Why give up on the Pryor era before it starts?


Signs of Progression

After his first three starts of the 2013 NFL regular season, Pryor has 624 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Pryor has also run for 198 yards through three games, which displays his duel-threat abilities.

Pryor's numbers have almost been as impressive as his leadership.

Pryor's aggressiveness and creativity have been infectious throughout the Raiders offense, as he routinely makes plays with both his arm and his legs. He nearly led an upset at the 4-1 Indianapolis Colts during Week 1 and played very well against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Week 3.

It was a lopsided 37-21 loss, but Pryor sparked a never-say-quit attitude and went of...

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