After a hot-start to the 2013 NFL season, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has taken a massive hit in his production over the past month, as injuries and inconsistent play have exposed him and has the Raiders wondering if they should even consider him a long-term answer. He was ruled out of Sunday’s game versus the Houston Texans with knee injury that he’s been dealing with for the past month.
Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen acknowledged that Pryor encountered a setback on Friday after sharing reps with rookie Matt McGloin in Thursday’s practice. Pryor has completed 132 passes for 224 yards for 1,559 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But he leads the team in rushing with 68 carries for 504 yards and two touchdowns, so he became a viable option in fantasy football.
NFL.com Reporter Ian Rapoport reported before the Raiders’ Sunday victory over the Texans that McGloin could push Pryor for Oakland’s starting quarterback job with an impressive performance. McGloin then went on to complkete 18/32 passes for 197 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He became the first Raider in four years to throw at least three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game and joined former Raider Todd Marinovich as the only rookies since the 1970 merger to do that in their first career start.
Allen confirmed Monday that McGloin has earned the right to be in the discussion as the starting quarterback going forward:
“I’m not sure exactly where he is physically, but I will say this, with Matt’s performance, he’s earned the right to be in the discussion,” Allen said. “That’s for sure.
Our job as coaches is to try to do the things that we feel like give us the best opportunity to win. That’s what those players in that locker room are looking for. Now, it’s good to know that you have options. That’s, obviously, a positive. I don’t look at it as a tough situation. I look at it as a good situation.”
This is bad news for Pryor, and because of his poor play before this, he needs to be drooped in all non-dynasty fantasy football leagues.