Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor is not scared of Matt Leinart signing
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OAKLAND—Three weeks or so ago, the Raiders front office and coaching staff were making comments that seemed to support the idea that former Ohio State Buckeye Terrelle Pryor would be given the opportunity to sit behind Carson Palmer and prepare for his retirement as his backup.
Then they went and signed former Cardinal/Texan Matt Leinart and all took this as a sign that Pryor either was not living up to expectations or his was a dream deferred.
Getting real, should Matt Leinart’s presence scare anybody? Ask Texans back-up QB T.J Yates if Pryor should bug out.
Yates was handed the reins of the Texans offense after Leinart could not even finish one half of football after he reinjured his collarbone last season.
After the Texans were already down their starter Matt Schaub, Yates went on to take his team to their first post-season berth and win.
In fact, when Leinart signed with the Raiders last week, the most shocking part was that he had not chosen to leave the game for good.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter, Pryor and the Raiders coach Dennis Allen both feel good about his progression and status with the team.
“He certainly has been here and putting in some hours to make sure that he’s getting better,” Allen said recently. “The thing that I’ve been impressed with is, Terrelle is very, very eager to learn. That’s what you look for in a young guy like that.
He’s hungry for it, and he’s working. It’s obvious he’s got great physical talents. I was out there and they were throwing, and just looking at him he’s really impressive. But like any young player he’s got to develop a full understanding of the game, because it’s more complex than it is in college.
The thing that I talk to him about is, don’t worry about anything other than you just working to get better every single day, in the meeting rooms, on the field, everything you do. At the end of the day the results will take care of themselves.”
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