Oakland Raiders’ quarterback Terrelle Pryor has made marked improvements, seemingly with each game he plays, each play even.
After being sidelined with a concussion for the Raiders’ 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins, Pryor returned to action against the San Diego Chargers and put up some fantastic numbers in his team’s 27-17 win on extremely late Sunday Night Football.
Pryor went 18 for 23 in that game, or a completion percentage of 78.3%, for 221 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Pryor had 11 carries for 31 yards – his lowest total of the season – but he and the Raiders didn’t really need him to be dominant on the ground.
All told, for the season Pryor has completed 68.3% of his passes – 71 of 104 – for 845 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, and has rushed 37 times for a further 229 yards. A 68.3% completion rate is good enough for 6th in the NFL, with the Denver Broncos Peyton Manning leading the way at 75.8 percent.
This is good news for Raiders’ fans, and it gets better – depending on how passionately you feel about Tim Tebow.
According to a report from CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, Pryor learned from Tebow’s mistakes while working with quarterback aficionado Tom House in the off season.
The first time I went there, they said they had Tebow there and people were working well with him,” Pryor said. “He (House) said Tebow looked great and wasn’t missing anything. Then they said he went to camp and he reverted back to himself after the bullets started flying.”
“That’s the main thing for me. How hard are you working at your craft? You have to make sure good habits and proper technique stay in your mind. My hope was that I would stay right when the rush was on. I have been, and I’m very proud of that.”
So, Raiders’ fans have a reason to thank Mr. Tebow, it appears.