Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) avoids a tackle by Chicago Bears defensive end Aston Whiteside (71) during the third quarter at O.Co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders believe offense can 'maximize' Terrelle Pryor's athleticism

It was just a few weeks ago that Matt Flynn appeared to be the clear cut favorite to win the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback battle, but in the NFL things change by the day. Now, Terrelle Pryor appears to be the team’s top option and he will get that opportunity to seal the deal in the team’s preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.

Pryor’s athleticism has always caught the eye of the Raiders coaching staff, but he finally put it all together in the team’s third preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

With Flynn nursing arm soreness, he will rest the final game of the preseason. That opens the door for Pryor to get the start and show the team that he is deserving of the starting job.

As it appears, the coaching staff believes Pryor is the best fit in their offensive scheme and they feel that they can take advantage of his unique skill set.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson says that the offense can “maximize” Pryor’s physical talents and “allow him to progress” as the season continues, according to CSN Bay Area.

“When you see Terrelle in a game, he just looks faster than the other players,” Olson said. “That’s what jumped out at me. We’ll continue to work to develop him, but we don’t want to take away from his strengths. Right now we’re looking for playmakers.”

If playmakers are what the team wants, then Pryor has to be their guy.

He can not only make plays with his arm, but the plays he can add with his legs will drive defenses nuts. We will see tonight if Pryor can lock up the starting gig.

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