Q&A: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor


Q&A: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor

ALAMEDA -- Raiders rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor spoke with Bay Area reporters Friday for the first time since his five-game suspension to begin his NFL career ended following Sunday's game at Houston.

During the unpaid ban, Pryor could only attend team meetings and could not practice with the team. He spoke to reporters about how he spent his time improving his mechanics, how he has been received by his teammates and what his conversations with the late Al Davis were like.

Following then, an unfiltered Q&A with Pryor ...

Question: Thoughts on joining team?
Answer: It's all a new process for me, really. Trying to get used to the speed and stuff like that and the plays called and just getting used to being with my teammates again.

Q: Feel good to be on the field again, though?
A: Yeah, without a doubt, I get to do the thing that I love and go out there with my teammates and contribute and practice and help as much as I can. And however I can get involved, I'm back at it from that standpoint. I enjoy that kind of thing and I enjoy playing the game that I love so getting back out there is a big blessing.

Q: What did you get accomplished in your five weeks off?
A: Coach wanted me to do the drops the way he wanted, so I got that done. I was training by myself; I had a personal quarterback trainer for five weeks. And I really wanted to get the verbiage down a little more and I'm getting a lot better at it. Pretty much, that's it, and getting the plays, obviously, just keep studying the plays. So I was getting the plays down and also doing footwork and mechanics-stuff as well. Doing the verbiage and calling the plays out, that was quite different too.

Q: Is it easier for you knowing that Hue Jackson has said you're a quarterback and not have to worry about any other positions?
A: I mean, I knew what I was going to be. I mean, that's for people that go around, I guess, thinking that they know what they're talking about. But it is what it is. I knew what i was going to be. I'm just trying to get it down so if something were to happen, I could help my team continue on the path they're at.

Q: Jason Campbell said you're quiet but you speak out at meetings and asked you if you were the new QB consultant. How comfortable are you in speaking out and being part of the team?
A: I'm comfortable. Guys are pretty welcoming here. We have a lot of fun here. As you see, I know you guys are always in the locker room hearing guys always joking and stuff like that, and I'm a very friendly guy so I can get involved with my teammates and have them like me because that's just the way I am and, I don't know, I just like to fit in as well as I can and they made it pretty easy for me so, to answer your question, when I'm in there with Jason and Kyle (Boller) and Coach (Al) Saunders, I'm pretty comfortable because I feel like I know what I'm talking about. If I wasn't very comfortable in talking about what I thought, or knew, I wouldn't say it. But I feel like I'm confident and comfortable with it to feel like I can just spit it out and say what I feel. And they respect me for that.

Q: What did your conversations with Al Davis these past five weeks mean to you as you were waiting to get back on the field?
A: He pretty much, just with how passionate he was about the game, he just kept on telling me, Just win. And then the last time I talked to him, maybe like two weeks ago, maybe a little longer, maybe two-and-a-half weeks ago, he just said, 'Wait your turn.' And he said, 'Just win, baby.' He said that quite a few times. So just from talking to him, I just got how passionate and it just re-emphasizes just how passionate he is about football. How passionate you need to be to be successful. I feel like I learned that and I picked that up from him.

Q: You go up to his office, or he call you when you spoke?
A: He would always call me on the phone. I actually never met him in person.

Q: He give you quarterback tips, what you should work on?
A: Nah, pretty much overtime I talked to him he told me, 'Be patient, be patient' and that he believed in me, obviously I'm here, and also just be passionate about the sport and he just kept on saying, 'Win.' He was telling the tricks that you get to win -- working hard and things like that and just being a part of the team and he was just pretty much breakage things down to how to win. His phrase, he said that quite a few times, every time I'd get on the phone with him. So that was good to hear. It was cool just to have a guy like that that's a player's person like that, an owner like that. It just amazed me.

Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit future free agents

Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit future free agents

PHOENIX -- The Raiders are entering a limbo period, with just a few seasons in Oakland before relocating to Las Vegas. NFL owners formally approved a move on Monday, though the Raiders don’t want to leave the East Bay until a new stadium is ready in 2020.

While there are contingencies to leave the market early based upon how fans react to the Raiders remaining in Oakland after committing to Las Vegas, that isn’t what the Raiders want. After years of stadium uncertainty, they leave the NFL owners meetings with clarity regarding their long-term future.

General manager Reggie McKenzie believes that should help free agents considering silver and black. The uncertainty prompted questions in recent years that McKenzie can answer when recruiting veteran talent now that relocation has been approved.

“By Mark saying that the plan is for us to be in Oakland for two more years (at least), but we will be in Vegas, I think it offers more clarity,” McKenzie said. “It lets the players know. It’s better than two months ago, when everyone had questions. When you were talking to a free agent, they know we want to move but weren’t sure if it was going to pass. They didn’t know. Now they know a decision has been made by the league to let us move.”

That will help McKenzie more in the future than present. Roster turnover is high these days, meaning most currently employed by the Raiders won’t play for the home team in Las Vegas. Only David Amerson, Kelechi Osemele and Marquette King are would be under contract when the team wants to move.

The Raiders are working on extensions for Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack, with others possibly locked up down the line.

In addition to playing with Carr and Mack and for head coach Jack Del Rio, there’s another attraction to signing with the Raiders. There’s no state income tax in Nevada, meaning a contract there is worth more than the same deal in California. The Golden State generally takes 13.3 percent of significant income earned there.

There will be other issues about playing in Las Vegas, where gambling is legal, a drink can be had 24 hours per day and vices abound in a place called Sin City.

The Raiders will construct a support system to keep players focused, and are ready to handle any questions players and their families may have about an upcoming move.

“Now there are questions from the drafted guys about when they become free agents, because they might be in Vegas. That’s going to be different. There are questions that way, but it’s not going to alter the way we go after players. Some of the guys, parents and agents may have questions, but I don’t think it’s anything out of whack.”


NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

PHOENIX – Fans won’t see special teams players leaping over the long snapper in an attempt to block a field goal or extra point. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor made some big plays with that technique, but won’t have the chance anymore.

The NFL outlawed that option on Tuesday as one several rule changes enacted at the league meetings.

“There are some safety concerns,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “that are legitimate.”

The NFL also centralized replay reviews, taking that power away from officials on the field. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino and associates at the NFL’s command center will handle reviews in an effort to add consistency to important calls.

Del Rio hoped replay challenges would be expanded further, but a proposal by Seattle and Buffalo allowing coaches to challenge any play save scoring plays and turnovers, which are automatically reviewed, did not pass.

“I think there are a number of coaches who feel like, if there’s an obvious error, we should have a mechanism to correct it,” Del Rio said. “We catch most of them, so you’re talking about a small percentage. It’s hard to move the needle for such a small percentage. That’s the problem. The fact is, if it’s important enough that we’re willing to use that challenge, we’d like that right and ability. Things happen, and you don’t want to lose a big game, a game that decides whether you advance in the playoffs or make the playoffs and it’s something you could overturn, that you could challenge or change. Why not?”

Here's a list of new rules and bylaws adopted by the league on Tuesday.