The Raiders had practice on Tuesday without their newest prized possession, Terrelle Pryor, whom they chose with the 18th pick in the third round of the supplemental draft. Hue Jackson said he expects to see Pryor soon, but as of yet he is unsigned and therefore not in camp. Hue also stated that he would tailor the Raider offense to fit Pryor's strengths.
"Whatever it is that he does well, we will accentuate that," said Hue Jackson on Tuesday. "There's not an offensive player that I won't do that for because that's about creating the environment so your players can have an opportunity to have success."
On Monday, after the Raiders chose Pryor in the draft, Jackson said that the Raiders would see if Pryor could play quarterback before they tried him at any other position. But there is no doubt that the former Ohio State quarterback has the speed (4.38 40) and athleticism to play several positions on the field.
If he is to play quarterback, that would mean if/when he gets on the field, could we see some more option plays or perhaps, dare I say, some wildcat formations?
When the Dolphins were heavy into the Wildcat, they drafted Pat White to fill that role. Then, of course, there is the example of the Kordell Stewart "Slash" days in Pittsburgh. Michael Vick is the most recent example of a successful example of a running quarterback. The main discrepancy there is Vick also has a tremendous arm. In college and at his Pro Day, Pryor graded the lowest in his quarterback skills such as accuracy and velocity, but he was at an elite level in just about every other category.
"You don't know what we're really going to do with him yet," said Jason Campbell. "He's definitely a big, fast guy. There are different things you can do with him."
Jackson talked about how he added plays to the playbook last season to accentuate Darren McFadden's skills and that turned out pretty well with McFadden gaining over 1000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving -- the first such performance since Marcus Allen did it 25 years ago.
Though I don't think Pryor can ever be a full time starter at quarterback in the NFL, if Jackson can tap into what Pryor does best the way he did with McFadden, then the Raiders could have a nice new weapon.
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Pryor will be an excellent weapon for the Raiders. He is just as fast as DHB and is more athletic. I see his development comming a lot faster than DHB's, and we could see significant contribution by the end of the season from a position other than quarterback..Hue, right now is saying QB, but I see the Raiders definitely trying him at tight end and wide receiver. Pryor's potential is unlimited, and the Raiders have to explore all positional avenues with him....
i gotta feeling that his conjtributions at key times during the season can and will dictate us winning that division and making the playoffs! call it gut or a wild goose chase, but not every one has his skills and overall talent and if hue and saunders gets it onto the field in some capacity, its gonna be huge, you watch. and with coach davis overseeing it, he will make sure he gets an opportunity, due to his russell mistake! mark my word
If he doesn't have a strong arm then he'll never be the starting qb for the Raiders. I'd like to see them try him at TE. He's big, tall, fast, and has basketball skills. He could become a huge weapon if coached up and used right. "Slash" type players don't last long in the NFL. Put him at a position, make him learn it, and then get him on the field next season. This one's a wash.
uh yes, that kind of speed and the ability to be precise on his throws, short or long. look at the highlights TROLL
does it matter? he has wheels. Vick has wheels, and ran for 1000 yards with terrible accuracy. anyone that thinks he's not capable of it is nutz, or just a hater. not saying he's the next Vick by any stretch, but it's very possible that with enough work, he can get it done. look at the highlights and tell me he doesn't have a gift... seriously, it's plainly obvious he possesses a lot of talent.
worth ONE OF THREE 3rd round picks from Al Davis in next years draft? yea i think so. Al has basically moved up in the 1st round of the 2012 by forfeiting one of three first round picks.