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Can Terrelle Pryor save Raiders?

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Terrelle Pryor played a decent game Sunday. A decent losing game. To his credit, he already knows that won't be enough.

"Please don't write this as cocky because it's not," Pryor told CSN Bay Area after the 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. "Anytime I get on the field, I feel like I'm the best player out there, and that my team is going to have a chance to win. That's my job. I need to get the ball into the right hands and make plays. We have to get better. I know I do."

Going over the Sunday tape of the Oakland Raiders' offense, three things stood out about Pryor. One is that his almost-effortless gait and speed can create problems on the edge of a defense. Another, that his passing game still needs a lot of work. But the most important takeaway is that many of his big plays were gifts from the Indianapolis defense, and thus optimism about his debut should be tempered.