After spending most of the season on the bench, Terrelle Pryor has been playing a key role this week for the Raiders by impersonating Cam Newton in practice.
Pryor could have an even higher-profile role come game time Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp says Pryor will get on the field in certain specialty packages for the Raiders (4-10).
Pryor made his season debut last week, handing the ball off twice and throwing one incomplete pass as the coaching staff wanted to give him an entire series. The next step is using him in situations that can take advantage of his athleticism.
“You’ll see him a little bit on third downs, you’ll see him maybe in the red zone, try to create a different look for the defense to contend with,” Knapp said. “It won’t be so much the structure of last week, where he had a series, which we thought was fair to him. ... We’re going to try to use some of his athletic ability this week.”
With more and more teams turning to dual-threat quarterbacks like Newton, Washington’s Robert Griffin III or the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, Pryor’s athleticism has been tantalizing for Raiders fans looking for any kind of bright spot to a disappointing season.
As a star at Ohio State, Pryor showed many of the same skills those other young quarterbacks are displaying. He just wants the opportunity to prove he can do what they’re doing in the NFL.
“Right now I don’t want to compare myself to Kaepernick or Cam or any of those guys because them guys and Griffin have proved it,” he said. “I haven’t proved anything. I can’t really say I’d be like them. I don’t know what I’m going to be like because I haven’t even played yet.”