I don't know why, but a high percentage of electronic ink has been spent among NFL scribes on a couple of backup QBs today. First, the reports of a near-signing with Mark Sanchez. And now, the Raiders' Terrelle Pryor , who reportedly asked to be traded back in January. And it sounds like he'll be out of Oakland soon enough, one way or another.
General manager Reggie McKenzie met with reporters today and said Pryor "will likely be traded or released soon," according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pryor joined Oakland via the Supplemental Draft in 2011 and played in 11 games last season. He started seven of the Raiders' first eight games, but after compiling a 3-5 record and a 54 percent completion rate, he was benched in favor of Matt McGloin .
McKenzie said Pryor "wants to start so bad," but such an opportunity in Oakland seems to be gone with the signing of Matt Schaub.
Pryor's athleticism is not up for debate. He ran for 576 yards last season and averaged nearly seven yards per rush. But is he a running quarterback or just a runner? Up to this point, it seems like the latter.
According to Tafur, "The Raiders coaching staff grew frustrated with Pryor's head being on a swivel in the pocket and him not going through his progression of receivers coming open downfield."
Pryor's career completion percentage is 56.3, and he has a 9:14 touchdown-to-turnover ratio. What he can do with his legs will always intrigue me from a fantasy standpoint, but if Pryor doesn't improve as a pure passer -- or switch to another position -- he could out of the league soon, not just Oakland.