Terelle Pryor- “I’m Ready to Be a Leader”
On Wednesday, Raider’s backup QB Terelle Pryor said that he is “more than ready” to compete for the starting quarterback position for the Oakland Raiders, though his first priority is to win over the organization and prove he can lead the team.
“Right now I’m trying to win over my coaches, win over my teammates and everybody in the facility and let them know that I wanna be a leader, a great leader and I’m there for the long haul and I wanna win just as bad as everybody else. And that’s what I want to prove to everybody before I really get into talks of starting and stuff like that,” Pryor told the NBC Sports Network.
The general manager of the Raiders, Reggie Mckenzie, has said in the past that Pryor would get the opportunity this upcoming offseason to compete for the starting quarterback position against current starter Carson Palmer. The Raiders are currently not sure about the future of Palmer, 33, who is scheduled to be paid $13 Million in 2013 as well as $15 Million in 2014, 2015, and 2016 but has been asked by the Raiders to take a pay cut. Palmer has said he would love to return to Oakland next season, but he’s not sure what will happen.
The 23 year old former Ohio State Buckeye was asked about Carson Palmer and showed nothing but respect in regards to his competitor.
“I don’t really wanna give comparisons or anything like that because Carson does a great job of what he does, and I can also play too and do some things well too,” Pryor said in the interview. “So I can’t down talk him because he’s a great quarterback to me and I just wanna stay on my side of seeing what I have to do to get better every single day and that’s where I’m at right now.”
He said he has hired three quarterback coaches (Craig Austin, George Whitfield and Steve Clarkson) to help him with his balance when he throws, which has been seen as one of the weaker points of his game.
Greg Olsen, the new offensive coordinator of the team, has targeted offseason workouts and minicamps as the key times to see if Pryor is truly ready to lead the team. He has only started one game since being drafted with the third pick of the 2011 supplemental draft, Pryor threw for two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for another in a three-point loss to the San Diego Chargers as a backup for the injured Palmer.
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