ALAMEDA – Terrelle Pryor will be the Raiders' starting quarterback Sunday against the Jaguars. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said so in a Monday press conference, but there’s little reason to inquire every week.
Pryor is the Raiders' first-string quarterback for the foreseeable future, until further notice. While Allen addressed it when asked, it was implied.
Any semblance of a quarterback controversy, extended by Allen’s silence on the matter last week, was erased by Pryor’s performance in a 21-17 loss to the Colts.
Pryor had 329 yards of total offense. He threw a touchdown pass and, as of Monday morning, he’s the NFL’s leading rusher.
He made several mistakes the Raiders are willing to live with as he gains experience under a new job title.
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“Terrelle’s still growing into the role of starting quarterback,” Allen said. “He didn’t get much time with the No. 1s during the preseason, but the key is seeing improvement as the year goes on. There’s a lot of improvement to be made not only with Terrelle and the receivers, but the entire team.”
Allen shared his thoughts on myriad issues during his weekly press conference. Highlights from that session are listed below:
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-- Punter Marquette King has had issues as a holder. On Sunday, he took the blame for Sebastian Janikowski’s missed field goal from 48-yards away. Allen didn’t agree with that assessment.
Coach Allen’s take: “Obviously it’s hard to tell on the tape, but I thought the hold was fine. I think ‘Seabass’ [Sebastian Janikowski] just missed the kick, but that’s something that he doesn’t do very often. That’s an area we’ll continue to work because we’ve got to get better because that’s an area that we feel like we’ve got an advantage in, and we’ve got to be able to execute in.”
-- The Raiders’ pass rush was as effective as it was creative, which could be a staple of this defense.
Coach Allen’s take: “We’re going to try and bring pressure from a lot of different angles, from a lot of different people, from a lot of different looks. This game's about affecting the quarterback and we have five different ways to affect him – whether it’s a three -man rush, four-man rush, five, six, whatever it takes you’ve got to be able to get to the quarterback. I think that’s where things were able to change for us a little bit defensively, we were able to get to Andrew [Luck] and affect the quarterback.”
-- D.J. Hayden made his regular-season NFL debut on Sunday. He played outside corner in the nickel and was targeted three times.
Coach Allen’s take: “I thought overall it was OK. When you look at it, he had a couple of opportunities to make some plays, and he was just off just a little bit. So, I think DJ’s going to be fine. DJ’s going to have to continue to learn, continue to improve, continue to get better. For the first time out not bad, but there’s a couple plays in there that you’d like to see him make, and I think as he continues to grow, I think you’ll see him make a few more of those plays.”
-- Khalif Barnes moved from right tackle to left tackle after Menelik Watson suffered a knee injury on Wednesday. Recently acquired veteran Tony Pashos slid over and played right tackle. Both seemed to play well against the Colts.
Coach Allen’s take: “I thought our offensive line performed solid. You come out of every game and there are things you’ve got to work on and things you’ve got to getter better at, but I think for mixing and matching some guys and moving some guys around, and moving some different positions ... A guy going in and starting for us … I was pleased with the way the offensive line played. There was only one sack in the game, and again that happened to be at a critical situation, but I thought those guys gave us an opportunity to be in the football game and gave us an opportunity to win.”
-- The Raiders came up short in a close game. It wasn’t as simple as throwing a late interception.
Coach Allen’s take: “The guys in out locker room don’t take any solace in a loss. We went there to do a job. We went there to win a game. We weren’t able to get it done. There were about five or six critical plays in the game — in every NFL game. What it really boiled down to is at the critical situations, those guys made the plays, and we weren’t able to make the plays in the critical situations of the game.”
-- SS Tyvon Branch injured his shoulder Sunday but shouldn’t miss much time, if any.
-- Allen did not update the status of OT Menelik Watson (knee) or David Ausberry (shoulder). Watson is expected to miss another week at the very least. Ausberry is more of a question mark.