ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Dennis Allen gave a candid scouting report of quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s current potential Monday.
After starting his team’s third OTA session, Allen talked about Pryor’s progress and implied that the former Ohio State star is not close to threatening Matt Flynn for the No. 1 spot on the summer depth chart.
“He's working,” Allen said. “There's been no lack of effort on his part. I think still when you look at the quarterback position, he's still young in the position and there's still a lot of improvement he needs to make. He's got a great athletic skillset, but still some of the finer points about playing the quarterback position are still what he needs to continue to get better at.”
When Palmer couldn’t play in the Raiders’ Week 17 loss to the San Diego Chargers due to a bruised lung and cracked ribs, Allen called upon Pryor to make his first NFL start.
“It gives us a view into the future,” Allen said after announcing the decision.
Pryor threw two touchdowns and added 49 yards and a score on the ground to show off his potential, but was also picked off and completed just 13 of his 28 pass attempts.
Allen’s take after the game: “Obviously, there's still some work to be done.”
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When asked Monday if he wants to see Pryor in more game situations to make a better evaluation, Allen made it very clear that his coaches feel they have a strong understanding of Pryor’s abilities.
“At the end of the day, everything they do is being evaluated,” Allen said. “We watch every single practice snap. I think we've got a pretty good idea of where we’re at. And we're going to continue giving him opportunities to showcase his skills, but right now he's not there yet.”
Allen also offered his early impressions of rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round pick out of Arkansas.
“He is lining up under the center, so that's a start,” Allen joked. “Every day is a learning experience for him. He continues to progress. Again, he has a long way to go. He's a rookie quarterback and that's hard in this league and I don't care who you are, that's a tough proposition.”
At one point during Monday’s drills, Wilson was scolded for putting too much touch on a pass that could’ve used more velocity. But Allen is impressed with the way Wilson works on eliminating those errors.
“When you make those corrections, you don't see repeat mistakes,” Allen said. “I think he's learning from those things and getting better in that regard.”