ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor desperately doesn’t want to lose his edge. The 24-year old wants to keep ascending, avoid the pratfalls of over-confidence and maintain the good habits built in recent months.
Pryor has Tim Tebow to thank for that.
Tebow fixed flawed mechanics during offseason sessions with quarterback guru Tom House, but he reverted back to poor habits once he got back to regular team practice. Now he’s out of football, maybe for good.
Talk about your cautionary tale.
After all he’s accomplished, Pryor has no interest in going backwards. He believes hard work will keep that from happening.
Pryor made great progress under House in the offseason, and plans to visit him again during the bye week to ensure he remains mechanically sound.
“The first time I went there, they said they had Tebow there and people were working well with him,” Pryor said after Wednesday’s practice. “He said Tebow looked great and wasn’t missing anything. Then they said he went to camp and he reverted back to himself after the bullets started flying.
“That’s the main thing for me. How hard are you working at your craft? You have to make sure good habits and proper technique stay in your mind. My hope was that I would stay right when the rush was on. I have been, and I’m very proud of that.”
It’s hard to argue with Pryor’s ability to stay calm under fire. Pryor’s at his best when blitzed, with a 138.6 quarterback rating in those situations. That’s better than passes from a clean pocket, although a 111.6 rating should be commended even without duress.
Pryor seems to improve each week, adding greater passing accuracy and decision-making to his innate elusiveness and running ability. While he credits offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for in-season progress, Pryor still plans on visiting House after Sunday’s game at Kansas City as he continues to build on each performance.
“I’ve done a lot of good things and I’ve put in a lot of hard work, but I’m still continuing to get better,” Pryor said. “That’s why I’m going to see my technician during the bye and get some more work in.
“In my mind, it’s a nonstop progression. That’s why none of this catches me by surprise. I appreciate the progress I’ve made, but I’m not happy. There’s still so much room for improvement.”