ALAMEDA – Dennis Allen wouldn’t announce Terelle Pryor as his starting quarterback on Monday. Wouldn’t do so Wednesday either.
The secret, however, is out. Pryor will start on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Multiple outlets broke that news on Monday, but the Raiders refuse to acknowledge it.
Dennis Allen says it’s for “competitive reasons,” to force the Colts to plan for two quarterbacks. They were always going to do so, given that Pryor was going to play as a starter or a backup. Any time wasted by Indianapolis would be on preparing for Flynn.
That made for an awkward conversation with Pryor, who was careful with his words during his first interview since the news broke. He danced around the topic without breaking Allen’s rule.
“I’m preparing like I always do,” Pryor said, “like I will be the starter.”
When Pryor wouldn’t answer directly, the press resorted to hypotheticals. He said he always studies hard and takes advantage of every practice snap, to be as prepared as possible come Sunday.
“I’ll be comfortable,” Pryor said. “If that’s the case I’ll be ready.”
Matt Flynn was a full participant in Wednesday’s workout, his second since resting his sore elbow last week. He hasn’t been available for comment since the formal decision was made.
Pryor received practice snaps with the first team following the Aug. 23 exhibition against Chicago, but worked exclusively with the second team before that.
“It’s different because you’re still building that chemistry,” Pryor said. “Every day, whether I’m throwing to them (individually) or in a team drill I’m trying to build that chemistry with guys like (receivers Denarius Moore and Rod Streater) and all the guys that are first team guys.”
Allen won’t say who took first team reps when practice was officially closed. He won’t say anything about who starts until the last possible second.
“We have a plan, and I’ve addressed where we’re at and what I’m doing with the quarterback situation,” Allen said. “It is what it is. We have to move on from that and one will play when we go out there on Sunday.”