Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor is out this week due to an MCL sprain that seems to be getting worse (he probably suffered a setback on it), and it was wise of the Raiders to hold Pryor out of today’s game against the Houston Texans. UDFA Matt McGloin will get the start, which presents the Raiders front office and coaching staff with a good chance to further evaluate McGloin, who flashed in the offseason. Pryor has been dynamic this season as a rusher and is capable of making big plays due to his cannon arm, but he’s also not the most accurate quarterback and still has major decision-making errors. That’s nothing earth-shattering, though, because he was always expected to be raw (especially as far as decision-making goes), and he’s been good when you compare him to other first-year starters around the league.
That said, there are some people who are too eager to bill Pryor as the Raiders quarterback of the future. Yes, he has a world of potential and has looked great at times this season, but he also has plenty of question marks and has been very inconsistent this year. He has a shot at being the Raiders QB of the future, but it’s equally important to recognize that Pryor definitely hasn’t proven that he’s the team’s QB of the future. Evaluating other QBs like McGloin will allow the Raiders to better gauge the talent level of the QBs currently on the roster. Nobody expects McGloin to be the franchise QB (he probably won’t be better than Pryor), but it’s incredibly important to see what he can bring to the table (you never know when you’ll be shocked).
According to the NFL Network’s Mike Silver, some members of the Oakland Raiders front office are not sold on the fact that Terrelle Pryor is their QB of the future. To be honest with you, this isn’t earth-shattering either. I mean, is anybody truly “sold” that Pryor is a franchise QB? Let’s be honest here. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that “some” (the very interesting part is that it’s only “some”) people in the front office aren’t locking in on Pryor as their QB of the future. Pryor has played well enough to deserve another year as the Raiders starting QB, but the Raiders need to be wise and willing to modify their views (even in a positive way) regarding Pryor.