Reviewing Terrelle Pryor's first NFL practice

Reviewing Terrelle Pryor's first NFL practice
October 13, 2011, 4:29 pm
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ALAMEDA -- So, wondering how Terrelle Pryor looked and felt in his first "official" NFL practice on Wednesday?You'll have to hear from those around him.Pryor declined to speak with waiting reporters in the Raiders locker room following practice, saying he was running late to a meeting. Which is probably a good thing because according to coach Hue Jackson and starting quarterback Jason Campbell, the rookie has been very mindful in such skull sessions."He's really quiet, but at the same time, he still talks," Campbell said. "He'll come up with suggestions. He'll write it on the board: 'I think we should do this on this play.' So I said, 'What, are you our consultant now?'"Campbell laughed.But Pryor's five-game unpaid suspension to begin his NFL career was no laughing matter. Not when it kept him from practicing with the team and limited him to meetings.Campbell called Pryor a "look-alike" and smiled."He's a big, athletic guy," Campbell said. "He's tall, he can run. I think he's just excited to be back on the practice field. Having to sit out for five weeks and, obviously, not receive a paycheck for five weeks, I know kind of stings too."But I think he's obviously excited about being out there with his teammates and getting to learn football and getting to learn our offense and grow together."The Raiders received a one-game roster exemption for Pryor, meaning they can carry 54 players on the roster this week and can have eight inactives on Sunday against Cleveland, so long as Pryor is one of them.Coach Hue Jackson said Pryor needs to both run the scout team in practice as well as learn the Raiders offense."Jason's our starter and Kyle (Boller is) our backup," Jackson said. "Right now (Pryor is) getting the opportunities that he gets, and he's going to earn what he gets. He's talented and I'm looking forward to continue working with him."And as far as how he looked in practice?"I thought he did some good things but we'll continue this week to do that, to get him back in the mix with his teammates so that I can see him a little bit more and evaluate that talent and see where I can put it," Jackson said. "But the young man, I can tell, he did a lot of work prior to today. It shows that he's gotten better."