What the Oakland Raiders Should Do with Terrelle Pryor

Actually, I'll admit that this headline is a little misleading: It's obvious the Oakland Raiders need to trade talented third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor—perhaps as soon as possible.

This probably is not a popular sentiment right now among Raiders fans, myself included. 

They (we) have seen glimpses of what Pryor can do with his arm and his legs. He's indisputably the most talented quarterback on the roster from a physical standpoint. 

Also, with the recent proliferation of the read-option in the NFL, he seems like an ideal candidate to make that trend work for Oakland, while other teams figure out how to stop it. 

Unfortunately, all of these potential-based arguments ignore the many indications this offseason that general manager Reggie McKenzie wants to take the Raiders' offense in a completely different direction. 

The biggest three are quarterbacks the Raiders have added through free agency and the draft. 

Based on his contract and his ever-important Green Bay roots, Matt Flynn is the current favorite to start in Week 1. While he has mediocre arm strength, he has demonstrated decent-to-good accuracy on short and intermediate passes, as well as, importantly, competent decision-making.  

In Green Bay, he demonstrated a willingness (a preference, one could argue, after looking at the tape) to dump off to his running backs, rather than force throws into coverage. 

These traits indicate that the Raiders probably will have Flynn execute a West Coast offense that stretches the field horizontally with short passes and features plenty of targets for backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece. 

And, if Flynn isn't capable of moving the chains in such a scheme, rookie Tyler Wilson already has started to show that he's worthy of the No. 1 job. Wilson shined wit...

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