Raiders take Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft

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Raiders take Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft

Aug. 22, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Chronicle Live is at Raiders training camp in Napa, where the topics will include Saturday night's violence at Candlestick Park, the drafting of Terrelle Pryor, Jason Campbell's condition and more. Tune in at 5, 9 and 11 p.m.

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Predictably, the Raiders selected former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft Monday.Pryor, who would have been suspended the first five games of the Buckeyes' season had he returned to college for his role in a cash-and-tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal, will instead sit out the first five weeks of the Raiders' campaign for "decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft."He cannot practice or attend meetings during his suspension but can come to the final days of training camp, and according to NFL.com, Pryor will be on a plane to the Bay Area from his Pittsburgh-area home this afternoon. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he anticipates signing a contract by the end of the day.RELATED: Pryor by the numbers
"I'll be there, and I'll be ready," Pryor told Raiders coach Hue Jackson in a phone conversation, according to NFL.com. "I can't wait."
According to Mac's Football Blog, Pryor should receive 586,000 to sign, with a rookie contract worth at least 2.62 million, based on the 2011 rookie pool and contracts for previous supplemental picks.The Raiders have made no announcements, other than confirming the pick came with the No. 18 selection of the third round. Oakland is scheduled to practice at 3:30 p.m. in Napa and Jackson speaks to the media after practice.Pryor was initially ruled ineligible by the NFL to take part in the supplemental draft before being green-lighted on Thursday. He held his personal Pro Day on Friday and 17 teams scouted him, including the 49ers, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Patriots, Saints and Steelers.Obviously, the Raiders were struck by his athleticism and infatuated with his measurables -- he stood just under 6-foot-5 and weighed just over 232 pounds and was clocked as fast as 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash, on artificial turf.Still, there have been perhaps just as many questions about Pryor's character as to which position he'd play as a pro as he readied for the draft."I would like the opportunity to play quarterback," Pryor told reporters after his workout, "but I'll do anything that a team needs me to do to win."The Raiders have an established starter in Jason Campbell, but the 29-year-old is in the final year of his contract and he was just knocked out of the 49ers exhibition game after taking a knee to the helmet and experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Oakland also has two former starters backing up Campbell with Kyle Boller, 30, and Trent Edwards, 27.But Jackson has long made it known he would like a developmental quarterback as well.Pryor, 22, fits that bill, even as he was 8-1 as a freshman, won the Rose Bowl as a sophomore and threw for 2,722 yards with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while running for 754 yards and four TD's as a junior and winning the Sugar Bowl.Many scouts see Pryor as a wide receiver, and the Raiders have a history with converting an ultra-athletic QB with accuracy issues into a serviceable pass catcher. Or have you forgotten Ronald Curry?Pryor has a familiar face already in Napa in rookie cornerback and Ohio State product Chimdi Chekwa."Congrats to the homie T.P.," Chekwa Tweeted. "Welcome to the Bay homie. Lets do work!!"Many of Pryor's critics, though, see him as the second coming of JaMarcus Russell.In surrendering their third-round pick in next April's draft for Pryor, the Raiders were already without selections in the second and fourth rounds.Oakland traded its second-round pick in 2012, as well as its seventh-rounder in 2011, to New England in exchange for the Patriots' third- and fourth-round picks in 2011, selections that resulted in offensive lineman Joe Barksdale and running back Taiwan Jones. The fourth-round pick in 2012 was dealt to Washington in 2010 as part of the Campbell deal.The Raiders, though, figure to receive handsome compensatory picks in the 2012 draft -- perhaps as high as a third-rounder -- after losing free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery this offseason, even after signing Kevin Boss.

Patriots pummel Pittsburgh, return to Super Bowl to face Falcons

Patriots pummel Pittsburgh, return to Super Bowl to face Falcons

BOX SCORE

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl.

After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, and his seventh. Brady threw for a franchise playoff-best 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-17 rout of the helpless Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in New England's seventh consecutive AFC championship game.

The Patriots are early 3-point favorites heading to face Atlanta in two weeks in Houston, seeking their fifth NFL title with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach. Belichick's seventh appearance in a Super Bowl will be a record for a head coach.

Brady was banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when New England (16-2) went 3-1 to open the schedule.

Since his return in Week 5, the only defeat came at home to Seattle, and Brady, 39, had one of the best seasons of a Hall of Fame-caliber career. He punctuated that in dreary weather similar to the 2014 conference title game that precipitated the deflated footballs investigation by flattening Pittsburgh's secondary.

Chris Hogan was his main weapon. The previously unheralded receiver found open spaces everywhere on the field against a leaky secondary. Hogan caught nine balls for 180 yards and two scores.

Top wideout Julian Edelman added eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown as Brady tied Joe Montana's playoff record with nine three-TD passing performances. Brady also had his 11th 300-yard postseason game, extending his NFL record, completing 32 of 42 throws.

Pittsburgh (13-6) lost star running back Le'Veon Bell late in the first quarter to a groin injury. It didn't seem to matter much in a record 16th conference title match for the Steelers, who made mistakes in every facet of the game. The franchise that has won the most Super Bowls, six, and the most postseason games, 36, never seemed likely to challenge in the misty rain.

Hogan's second touchdown came on a flea-flicker and he easily beat safety Mike Mitchell to the corner of the end zone. At that point, Hogan had seven catches for 117 yards and the first multi-touchdown game of his four-year career.

His first score made it 10-0 and came after Brady could have taken a nap before throwing, a common occurrence against a nonexistent pass rush. Hogan was all alone in the back of the end zone for the 16-yard score.

Pittsburgh had drawn to 10-6 on DeAngelo Williams' 5-yard run to cap an 84-yard drive. Veteran Williams is a nice security blanket in the backfield, though he's no Bell these days.

Still, he contributed on a 70-yard drive toward the end of the second quarter that appeared to be capped by Jesse James' TD reception. But video review showed James down at the 1, and the Steelers couldn't get into the end zone, Chris Boswell connecting for a 23-yard field goal.

The Steelers never threatened to get back into it.LeGarrette Blount punctuated the romp with a bruising 18-yard run on which he carried nearly the entire Pittsburgh defense with him. He then scored from the 1.

By the end, the crowd was chanting "Where is Roger?" and celebrating yet another Super Bowl trip for the Patriots.

BIG LEG:

Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal to open the scoring set a franchise record with 27, surpassing Adam Vinatieri's 26. Gostkowski is fourth all-time. He made a 47-yarder in the third quarter, a 26-yarder in the fourth, but he missed an extra point.

Boswell, who set an NFL mark with six field goals in the Steelers' 18-16 win at Kansas City last week, missed an extra point wide left and made a 23-yard kick.

INJURIES:

Steelers: Bell's early departure left him with 20 yards on six carries and no receptions.

Patriots: DB Nate Ebner left with a head injury.

UP NEXT:

After winning the AFC East with the conference's top record, New England defeated the Texans 34-16 and the Steelers to reach the Super Bowl. They will take on Atlanta, which beat Green Bay 44-21 for the NFC crown. Super Bowl 51 will be in Houston on Feb. 5; New England won the 2002 and 2005 Super Bowls after beating Pittsburgh for the AFC championship.

Reports: Former Raiders QB expected to join Cal's coaching staff

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Reports: Former Raiders QB expected to join Cal's coaching staff

It looks as though Marques Tuiasosopo is heading back to the Pac-12, again. The former Rose Bowl MVP and Washington quarterback has reportedly been added to the coaching staff at Cal under new head coach Justin Wilcox.

The news was first reported by Bruin Sports Online and later followed up by Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, via Twitter.

Tuiasosopo is no stranger to coaching in the Pac-12. After spending 12 seasons in the NFL, Tuiasosopo returned to his alma mater to take on a role as assistant strength coach for the Washington Huskies in 2009.

After two years in that role, he joined the UCLA coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2011 and took on a role as tight ends coach in 2012 under Jim Mora. The following year, in 2013, Tuiasosopo returned to Washington to be the quarterback coach to work for Steve Sarkisian. 

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