Why Raiders Must Temper Expectations from Terrelle Pryor

The Oakland Raiders got their first win of the 2013 season, and they didn’t need a Herculean effort from quarterback Terrelle Pryor to get it.

That was big because a week after nearly rallying Oakland to an upset over Indianapolis with his breakout performance in the opener, Pryor wasn’t nearly as impressive against a Jacksonville team that might be the worst in the NFL.

It’s an up-and-down trend that should probably be expected from the young quarterback, and it’s also a good reason why the Raiders might want to temper the expectations they have for Pryor.

 “Listen, everything we do with Terrelle is a growing process," coach Dennis Allen said after the Raiders’ 19-9 win over the Jaguars on Sunday, as reported by Raiders.com. “That’s what you deal with with young players. He happens to play a position (where) there is a lot of learning that’s involved. Every play that he plays, every snap that he takes, is a learning experience for him.”

Jacksonville did a good job limiting Pryor’s effectiveness in the air and did just enough to slow him down on the ground.

He completed 15 of 24 pass attempts for a mere 126 yards, though to be fair Denarius Moore dropped the only two passes thrown his way. Pryor was also sacked three times and had a mediocre rating of 76.0.

No big deal there since passing has never been Pryor’s strong suit. His completion percentage against Jacksonville (62.5) was only slightly lower than his mark against the Colts (65.5).

At times it did get ugly, though.

On a 3rd-and-6 play from the Raiders’ 34-yard line, the snap from center Stefen Wisniewski sailed through Pryor’s hands and the ball landed well behind him. Granted, he made a heck of a play just to retrieve the ball before the Jaguars and to throw an incompletion, but it was a mistake that could be critical against...

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