Can Terrelle Pryor save Raiders?

Oakland's QB provides glimmer of hope for improvement

Updated: September 10, 2013, 11:16 AM ET
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders

Terrelle PryorAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesTerrelle Pryor repeatedly gashed the Indianapolis Colts' defense on the ground Sunday.

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.


To read more about how good Terrelle Pryor can be for the Oakland Raiders, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Rivers McCown

Football Outsiders
Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.