Raiders take Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft


Raiders take Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft


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Paul Gutierrez

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, 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 "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.

Cooper or Crabtree? Raiders dare opponents to pick poison

Cooper or Crabtree? Raiders dare opponents to pick poison

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars tried to take Raiders receiver Amari Cooper out of Sunday’s game. Sticky corner Jalen Ramsey shadowed the second-year pro, and was effective making quarterback Derek Carr look the other way.

It wasn’t that Ramsey dominated every play. Carr simply had more favorable options available.

Michael Crabtree was the best one. He turned the Jaguars game on its ear with a touchdown catch, a third-down conversion and a massive bomb caught over his shoulder for 56 yards.

Carr targeted Crabtree 11 times in Jacksonville, with eight completions for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Teams scheming against Cooper operate at their own peril this season, because that typically leaves Crabtree in a juicy matchup.

That was the case in Week 7, but it doesn’t always work that way.

Opponents also fear Crabtree, and for good reason. He has been clutch in the season’s first half, likely playing the best football of his career.

The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t want Crabtree to have a big day in Week 6, and put top-flight cornerback Marcus Peters – who can’t keep up with Cooper’s speed – on his trail. Crabtree was largely negated in that effort, though Cooper dominated to the tune of 10 receptions for 129 yards on 13 targets. Crabtree, by far Carr’s most frequent receiver, was only thrown to four times.

Carr’s message to future opponents from those two games: pick your poison.

“You have to always be ready for everything, and I think that our staff does an amazing job of giving me a lot of options for those instances,” Carr said at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, before Wednesday's practice. “If they’re going to take away (Cooper) this game, we have to get the other guys going. If they’re going to take ‘Crab’ away, we have to get the other guys going.

“What’s great about that (position group) is they’re all good with it. We just want to win. That’s what it comes down to, how can we push the ball down the field… I think our staff does an amazing job of filling that kind of stuff out if they’re trying to take one or the other away.”

Fluctuating target counts can be frustrating for receivers, who are often considered divas demanding the football at all times. The Raiders don’t have those personalities, a luxury quarterbacks dream about.

“We’re together, man,” Crabtree said. “We’re trying to win by any means. We know what’s at stake and I feel like we’re doing everything it takes to win.”

Sometimes, that means being unselfish. Ignoring stats can be tough for wideouts, but that isn’t an issue with two top receivers under contract an extended stretch.

Cooper and Crabtree have different playing styles and personality types, yet yin and yang in this Raiders offense without issue.

“We complement each other well,” Cooper said. “Having multiple options is really great to have, especially guys that threaten defenses.”

Fan dies after falling while leaving Broncos game

Fan dies after falling while leaving Broncos game

DENVER -- Authorities say a fan has died after falling 60 feet at the Denver Broncos' stadium after a game on Monday night.

Stadium Management Co., which operates Sports Authority Field at Mile High, said the fan fell over a railing.

The medical examiner's office said Tuesday the man was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was identified as 36-year-old Jason Coy.

Denver police say he was sitting on a railing when he fell. Witnesses and emergency responders immediately tried to help.

The incident occurred near the north end of the stadium following the Broncos' game against the Houston Texans.

In a statement, the Broncos said the team is "reviewing this tragic incident and will continue to maintain all necessary safety measures for our fans."