Terrelle Pryor had a hiccup in his progress on Sunday.
The essentially rookie quarterback for the Oakland Raiders – this was just his 6th start as a professional – threw for 216 yards on 18-of-34 passing, with a touchdown and three interceptions. One of those picks got returned 44-yards for a touchdown by Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah late in the 4th quarter to help secure the 24-7 loss for the Raiders.
Even with the subpar performance, Pryor had Oakland in the game late against the undefeated Chiefs in the 4th, so to say it was a complete disaster might be a bit of a stretch.
Just a week ago, Pryor was stellar in the Raiders’ 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers going 18-of-23 for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
According to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, head coach Dennis Allen believes Pryor is the quarterback of the future, and why wouldn’t he?
“Yeah absolutely,” Allen said. “I mean, I don’t think he played as well as he would have liked. But again, he’s still a young player. That was only his fifth start of the season. So he still has a lot growing to do and a lot of getting better to do, but he’s a talented player and we’re going to try and continue to build with him and try to grow with him.”
As for Terrelle Pryor, he is aware of his performance and is showing the kind of desire to get better that teams and fans alike like to see in a young quarterback.
“I don’t like the future-type talk,” Pryor said. “I think DA saying it because he wants it to be that way. If I play like I played (Sunday), I won’t be around very long. I know that he is telling me that he’s on my side. He wants me to be successful and he knows I can help the team. I’m looking back and thinking, I have to protect the coaches. I have a strong connection with them, and I let them down big-time yesterday. That’s what I’m ashamed of.”