It’s unlikely that Terrelle Pryor will win an appeal of his NFL-mandated five-game suspension, but the Raiders rookie passer claims to have stumbled upon the key ingredient to a quick start upon his scheduled return in Week 6.
“(I’m) focused,” he told WQAM-AM in Miami. “Without that, you can’t really do much at all. With a lot of focus, extreme focus actually, you don’t really think about the things you can’t control, you’ve got to think about the things that you can.”
Said Pryor: “I’m getting very used to (being in the NFL) now,” adding that he’s been fully won over by Raiders owner Al Davis, who (almost predictably) pursued the former Ohio State star in last month’s supplemental draft.
“(Davis is) a great guy. I can’t say enough about him, he’s just a great guy,” Pryor said. “He’s what brought football about and he … runs a hands-down program with the Oakland Raiders. … He had something to do with the merger of the NFL, you know. He’s one of the greats.”
While Pryor continued to educate listeners with his version of Davis’ accomplishments, he was asked about the owner’s age.
“He looks good. I’m not interested in that,” Pryor said, hinting that he might be wise beyond his years after all.
Despite the Buckeyes’ memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost Pryor his final year of eligibility, the quarterback remains quintessential Raiders material — fast, freakishly athletic and a total wildcard. Jason Campbell appears to have finally settled into the starting role in Oakland, but that spot never seems occupied for long and we expect to see Pryor putting Davis’ greenbacks to work before Santa comes to town.
— Marc Sessler