ALAMEDA — After watching the success athletic quarterbacks had this past season in the NFL, new Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson wants to see if he has one of those dual-threat runner-passers on his roster.
Olson said Wednesday it will be important to see what Terrelle Pryor can do for the Raiders during offseason workouts and minicamps to get a better sense of what the Raiders have at quarterback.
While starter Carson Palmer is a known entity with more than 120 games and nearly 30,000 yards passing to his credit, Pryor is more of an unknown who showed positive signs in his one start in the season finale in December.
Now the Raiders want to know whether Pryor can do for Oakland what Colin Kaepernick did across the Bay for the 49ers.
“If you have a guy that can stay there and play 65 plays a game and do those things and also be able to throw the ball from Point A to Point B accurately, if he possesses those skills as well, then you certainly have something,” Olson said. “So that’s what we’ll have to find out with Terrelle Pryor. We know what kind of an athlete he is. We need to find out what kind of decision maker he is, and we need to find out if he’s a guy that can also sit in the pocket and deliver the ball from Point A to Point B accurately and on time and making the right decisions.”
Pryor went 13-for-28 for 150 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 24-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
He also ran for 49 yards and a score and looked more than capable running the offense.