Gutierrez: Pryor starts slow in Oakland


Gutierrez: Pryor starts slow in Oakland

Aug. 26, 2011


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Paul Gutierrez

NAPA -- First impressions of Terrelle Pryor on his first practice with the Raiders?

He's big, but not shockingly so.

He's quick, but not mind-blowing fast.

His accuracy, well, let's get to that later.

But my goodness, does he look young in the face.

And any questions about his standing as a developmental quarterback were answered...with aplomb.

Pryor took 16 snaps as the Raiders' fourth-string quarterback. He completed four of nine passes, fumbled twice and either handed off or pitched the ball on five plays.

His passes were a collection of wounded ducks, wobbly spirals and getting-tighter spirals.

He threw behind receivers in the flat and his longest completion down field was a badly-underthrown ball down the right sideline. Luckily for him, Chad Jackson adjusted on the fly and Stanford Routt fell down so Jackson caught the ball.

"(My) problem is that now I'm 17, 18 days, practices behind right now," Pryor acknowledged afterwards. "I'm just playing catchup right now. Some of the stuff is getting there and I'm starting to get familiar with some of the stuff. But it's been one day.

"Give me a couple of days and I should be able to fill it in and feel a lot more comfortable."

And in case there's still any question as to what position Pryor figures to play in the NFL, at least at the start of his pro career, just listen to coach Hue Jackson.

"I think the guy is big, athletic," Jackson said. "I think he can throw it. He looks like a quarterback, feels like a quarterback, sounds like a quarterback and I'm very excited to work with him."

Oh yeah, Jackson was a quarterback in college, too.

Pryor fumbled two of his first six snaps from third-string center Alex Parsons.

"The biggest thing was I had to get the cadence down," Pryor said. "I was learning the cadence. At first, coach was playing around with me, saying he was going to embarrass me and stuff like that. I had fun. I'm learning and I like the way coach makes his quarterbacks learn."

Pryor did not embarrass himself on the day the Raiders broke camp. He just established a baseline from which to work.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”