Pryor expected to dress for Browns game

November 30, 2012, 11:40 pm
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ALAMEDA -- Fans with T.P. Time Fever may finally get a prescriptionand it has nothing to do with cowbell.Rather, Raiders third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor should dress for the first time this season come Sunday against Cleveland."Our anticipation is that we would suit him up as the third quarterback this week," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said."Hes one of those guys where we want to at least get him up, get him suited up andhe needs to start getting some, what it feels like to suit up on game day and well see if we play him in the game."And if he does play, would he be limited to certain packages, or will he have the entire playbook at his disposal?"If he plays, wed have the plays that hes going to run," Allen said. "Its our offense, if he plays in the game. But I think were kind of getting ahead of ourselves right there."Besides, Matt Leinart is technically the backup to Carson Palmer.And simply dressing for the first time this season -- he was active five times last year and got on the field once, when he was called for a false start -- is not that much to get worked up over, Pryor said."Thats not something thats my goal -- Ive suited up for plenty of games before," Pryor said. "But its a step to be with this organization and just go out and warm up with those guys and be around Carson and see how he handles a real game situation, so its going to be a good time."Usually, before (I was not active) because we needed another special teams guy, but he said hes going to suit me up, but we havent ran any plays or anything like that."Pryor has always been an intriguing figure, and with only five games left in the season it's getting close for the Raiders to see exactly what they have in the QB project. So does general manager Reggie McKenzie especially care?"I care because that's the only way I can evaluate him, is to play him," McKenzie said. "Now, when he plays, how much he plays, that will be a charge to the coaching staff, but yes. We've got a third of the season left, and this is a good time to try to figure out what works best for him."A year ago, former Raiders coach Hue Jackson had an entire package of plays ready for Pryor at home against Kansas City. But then, the wheels came off. Darren McFadden suffered his Lisfranc injury, Kyle Boller was ineffective and Carson Palmer made his debut, despite not being ready, when the Raiders were already trailing 21-0.In that game, Pryor was on the field for one play, lining up as a receiver before going in motion and settling under center for the snap -- Boller was in the shotgun formation -- before being whistled for a false start. Pryor would not see the field again until this past preseason, amid waves of speculation that he would change positions."The coaches know I work my butt off to play quarterback," Pryor said. "The biggest critic of an individual should be yourself and I know the things that I have to get better at and I had to get better at. So as long as you can fix those things and look at yourself actually in the mirror and say 'This is why Im not playing' or 'This is why the other guys are in front of me' and if you can really do that, and be truthful to yourself, thats how you get better. And thats what Ive been doing."