Many scoffed when the Seattle Seahawks dealt a seventh round pick to the Oakland Raiders to acquire quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Rumors abounded that the Seahawks meant to convert Pryor to another position rather than let him actually compete for a roster spot as a quarterback.
But Seattle has remained steadfast all along, insisting that Pryor will be a quarterback for them. Now there is growing buzz that Pryor could actually threaten for the #2 quarterback job in Seattle.
Jim Trotter of ESPN tweets, “Terrelle Pryor has a legit shot to win the backup spot in Seattle. Seahawks love his athleticism, but need to see improvement from pocket.”
Pryor has always flashed great athleticism, and he’s surely had his moments in the NFL, but he is a tremendous long-shot to ever develop as a pocket passer to the point where he can be trusted even as a #2 QB.
Seattle currently has Tarvaris Jackson as their #2, and even though he isn’t great, he is a steady and dependable veteran presence with years of experience in Darrell Bevell’s system.
Pryor is more of a wild card. Seattle would have to really love his potential to bump a reliable backup like Tarvaris from the roster just to give Pryor more snaps in hopes that he will learn to be a real QB.
I’d hate to see the champs go into the season with Pryor as the #2, and have something bad happen to Russell Wilson. That would be a disaster.