Pryor continues competition campaign

Pryor continues competition campaign
March 7, 2013, 8:00 am
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"I believe I have a lot of plays in me and a lot of big plays to make in my life." (AP)

As his campaign to "compete" with Carson Palmer for the Raiders quarterback job this fall continues to heat up, Terrelle Pryor joined our corporate cousins on "Pro Football Talk" on the NBC Sports Network Wednesday.

In a five minute phone interview, Pryor broached several topics. Following then, a sampling…

On how confident he was that he'd be the starter for the season opener:
"When that time comes and I have the opportunity, I'll be more than ready. But right now, I'm trying to win over my coaches, win over my teammates and everybody in the facility, let them know that I want to be a leader, a great leader, and I'm there for the long haul. I want to win just as bad as everybody else and that's what I want to prove to everybody before I get into talks of starting and stuff like that."

On if he felt he was the best quarterback on the Raiders' roster:
"Carson does a great job at what he does and I can also play, too, and do some things well, too. So I can't downtalk him because he's a great quarterback to me and I just want to stay on my side of seeing what I have to do to get better every single day and that's where I'm at right now."

On what area of his game he likes best:
"I feel that I can extend plays and I can also, you don't know what you're going to get from me as a quarterback from a defensive perspective. They don't know exactly if I'm going to run the ball or hold on to the ball for a little bit and add a little extra time to get your receiver open, or I can do a three-step drop and throw the ball on time. I feel I can extend plays well and I'm so fast, I believe in my speed, that I can get around and wait for guys to get open as well."

On what he's working on the most to improve this offseason:
"The biggest thing is I'm hiring three quarterback coaches -- Craig Austin, (George) Whitfield and Steve Clarkson…I want to work on my balance and just staying balanced at the end of my drop. That's where I was messing up a lot of my throws. It's not the arm strength; I have a pretty strong arm. It's just staying balanced at the top of my drop and getting into my hitch."

On the best day of his football life:
"I don't know that I did the best thing yet, so I don't really want to put it out there yet. Not to sound cocky or arrogant, but I believe I have a lot of plays in me and a lot of big plays to make in my life."

On where he'd finish in a sprint against every other NFL quarterback
"Don't take this the wrong way, this is just me believing in my speed and power and my legs; I believe I'd be second behind Michael Vick. No else else could beat me."

You can watch the full interview on Pro Football Talk here.