Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

August 29, 2013

NFL: Pryor gets his shot at Raiders QB job

OAKLAND — If this story seems all too familiar for Matt Flynn, well, it is.

While Flynn sits on the bench and rests a sore elbow Thursday night, Terrelle Pryor will get his opportunity to earn the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job when they close out the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks.

It's almost the exact scenario as a year ago when Flynn entered training camp with the Seahawks expected to be their No. 1 quarterback, only to see Russell Wilson race past him on the depth chart and nab the starting nod.

Now, Flynn will be stuck as a spectator watching if Pryor can close out an impressive preseason and solidify his case that he should be the starter when they open the season at Indianapolis.

"I'm going to keep showing the coaches what I can do good and keep getting better at the things that I'm not doing so good at, and that's something that I can clean up on and get better at,'' Pryor said. "That's the thing, I'm definitely not all the way there in terms of the playbook and in terms of just being a quarterback out there. I'm learning still. Don't get me wrong, I can lead if I was called upon to do it. I'm just out there getting better and trying to get in synch with the guys.''

Flynn thought when he got his freedom from backup duty in Seattle after his trade to Oakland during the offseason that he'd finally be a starter. That was supposed to be the case when he signed with the Seahawks during the 2012 offseason as the biggest free agent quarterback not named Peyton Manning. That was also before the Seahawks drafted Wilson in the third round and watched him earn the starting job through a dynamic preseason that was validated in the regular season when he led Seattle to 11 wins and a road playoff victory.

Flynn was slowed during the 2012 preseason by a sore elbow and the same problem could be at the root of what gives Pryor his chance to solidify the job.

"We've gotten a lot of time to evaluate that position. When you look at OTAs, when you look at the mini-camps, when you look at what we've been through in training camp, the three preseason games we've played already, I don't think that's necessarily going to make that decision any more difficult,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I think there's been some competition. I think both of them at times have done some really good things. Both of them have done some things that need improving. That's really where we're at with the quarterback position.''

Flynn has not been bad during the preseason and has played with and against starters. He's completing 70 percent of his passes, but threw two awful interceptions last week against Chicago and has been sacked seven times. Playing against mostly backups, Pryor is completely only 58 percent, but has avoided the sacks and has brought an added element with his ability to run. Pryor goes into the final preseason game as the Raiders' second-leading rusher with 83 yards rushing and their only touchdown on the ground.

Fans were chanting for Pryor last week in Oakland while Flynn struggled. Pryor said his emotions were mixed hearing the calls.

"Obviously you want to be on the field and play, but you also have feelings for a guy that you're in a room with,'' Pryor said. "I'm in meeting room with the guy 13, 14 hours of a day. I didn't think they went about it the right way. I went in and they got what they wanted, but I thought it could have been a better way, not booing him and stuff like that.''

While Pryor's chance at the Raiders' QB job will be the focus, Wilson is likely to only make a cameo appearance as the Seahawks prepare for the opener at Carolina. Wilson played into the second half last week at Green Bay, and despite throwing a pair of interceptions was pleased with his performance and what Seattle's offense accomplished.

The priority for Seattle is cleaning up a penalty problem that has seen it flagged 34 times in three preseason games.

"I think the biggest thing is being really disciplined with our offense and making sure that we don't get any more penalties,'' Wilson said. "I think that's our No. 1 thing, our No. 1 focus.''



 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0016web.jpg District Champions!

    District champions ... Enough said!
    Claremore freshman forward Olivia Maulsby converted a game-winning header with 1:22 remaining to lead the No. 4-ranked Lady Zebras past No. 5 Skiatook, 2-1 Tuesday night in Metro Lakes Conference play at Lantow Field.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • DSC_0433web.jpg SOCCER: Bulldogs spoil ‘Senior Night’ for Zebras

    Claremore senior goalkeeper Sam Lillie made the most of his first and last varsity start Tuesday night against Skiatook on Senior Night at Lantow Field.
    For 40 minutes, Lillie was flawless in the goal, allowing only one goal and making several tenacious stops against the fiery Bulldogs.
    The second-half, however, told a different story as No. 3 Skiatook scored four goals and enjoyed a 5-0 win over the No. 15 Zebras.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Berryhill’s White strikes out 17, tosses no-hitter over No. 1 Verdigris

    Top-ranked Class 3A Verdigris got White-washed by 4A No.3 Berryhill on Tuesday night.
    In a battle of 2013 state champions, Chiefs’ ace Nick White — a future Oklahoma State pitcher —  fired a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts, igniting a 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    April 23, 2014

  • Stilwell’s Lea signs with RSU men's basketball

    Rogers State University men's basketball head coach Justin Barkley announced the addition of standout center Matt Lea for the 2014-15 season.

    April 23, 2014

  • HANSLOVANweb.jpg SOCCER: No. 2 Lady Cards roll past Oologah

    Verdigris senior forward Caitlyn Hanslovan tallied another ‘hat trick’ in her illustrious Lady Cardinals soccer career Tuesday night at Oologah.
    The three goals by Hanslovan soared the second-ranked Lady Cardinals past Oologah, 5-0 in non-conference play at Mustangs Stadium.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 5 Claremore HS tennis players earn all-conference

    The Claremore High School boys and girls varsity tennis programs had five players receive Metro Lakes all-conference recognition.

    April 23, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Horner's RBI-single lifts No. 15 Tulsa past OSU, 1-0

    Catherine Horner's RBI single in the sixth inning and Aimee Creger's three-hit shutout gave No. 15 University of Tulsa (42-5) a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State (24-21) at Cowgirl Stadium on Wednesday night.

    April 24, 2014

  • ORU's Romano named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list

    Oral Roberts University junior reliever Jordan Romano has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year mid-season watch list, the organization announced on Wednesday.

    April 24, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: OU's Stevens tosses one-hitter past North Texas

    Sophomore Kelsey Stevens was just three outs away from her first no-hitter as a Sooner, but a one-hitter was still a fine consolation prize as No. 17/12 Oklahoma shut out North Texas, 3-0, on Wednesday night.

    April 24, 2014

  • OSU women's basketball adds JUCO duo

    Oklahoma State's women's basketball team has signed a pair of junior college players it was announced today by Cowgirl head coach Jim Littell.

    Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College's Roddricka Patton and Rylie Swanson, a product of Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the OSU program for the upcoming season.

    April 24, 2014

AP Video