Terrelle Pryor: Grading Raiders QB’s Week 1 Performance vs. Colts

Terrelle Pryor threw a game-sealing interception that sealed the Raiders' fate in their 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the season opener. Before that, however, Oakland’s quarterback did more than enough to silence the critics who questioned whether he deserved to start for Dennis Allen’s team.

In just his second NFL start, he did something that no other quarterback in franchise history had ever done before by rushing for more than 100 yards.

Pryor had 112 yards on 13 carries, breaking Rich Gannon’s previous team record. In doing so, Pryor almost single-handedly rallied Oakland to what would have been a stunning Week 1 upset.

Not bad for a player who wasn’t even sure he’d have a roster spot when general manager Reggie McKenzie took over. As a third-round selection in the 2011 supplemental draft, Pryor is the last player drafted by late team owner Al Davis and was one of the few players to survive the roster overhaul McKenzie orchestrated.

It is just one game, however, and there is still plenty for Pryor to correct. However, it was a good step in the right direction.



Pryor put up modest numbers passing, completing 19 of 29 throws for 217 yards. The two most glaring stats were the two interceptions he threw, including one in the end zone on Oakland’s first drive of the game. Both were very costly errors.

Pryor admitted he didn’t learn how to properly throw a pass until this past offseason, and it showed at times.

After completing his first four passes on mostly short to intermediate throws, Pryor was picked off in the end zone on his first attempt at going deep. The pass was wobbly and well off-target, allowing for the easy pick by Greg Toler.

Part of the problem is that the former Ohio State QB tends to short-arm his throws and doesn’t get the...

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