NFL fantasy football: Terrelle Pryor to compete for starting job

Pryor to get opportunity: Things haven’t worked out particularly well for the Oakland Raiders since trading for Carson Palmer. However, with the large price paid to get the veteran quarterback, it’s unlikely that he’ll see a Silver-and-Black pinkslip. But it looks like he’ll have to fight for his job after general manager Reggie McKenzie announced that Terrelle Pryor would have a chance to compete for the starting gig. Pryor started the season finale and was uneven, throwing for 150 yards with an interception. He did account for three touchdowns (two passing), which somewhat bolstered his performance. While the team certainly isn’t letting on what its offensive future holds, it does make one wonder whether the Raiders would consider adopting the read option — especially with their neighbors across the bay featuring that style prominently in their run to the Super Bowl.

Browns don’t commit to Weeden: When Rob Chudzinski took over as the Cleveland Browns’ head coach, his proclamation that he wanted a more vertical offense seemed to signal that Brandon Weeden would be his guy going forward. However, newly-hired offensive coordinator Norv Turner was non-committal when it came to his starting QB for next season. It should be noted that new VP of player personnel, Michael Lombardi, was a vocal critic of the Weeden pick and suggested the Browns would be better off with Colt McCoy under center. All things considered, it feels like we could be watching the beginnings of a quarterback competition in Cleveland.

Dolphins to get Tannehill help: Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland says that his team needs to score more touchdowns next season and that means getting help for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. While Ireland suggested that could mean help along the offensive line, it might also mean adding some weapons around the signal-caller. Running back Reggie Bush was Miami’s most productive option, accounting for a team-high 1,278 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns. But he is a free agent and could end up taking his talents away from South Beach. At the wide receiver spot, Brian Hartline led the team with 1,083 yards — but nearly half of that total came in just three games. Plus he scored just one touchdown all season. So while Tannehill could certainly use some help, finding it might be a pretty big job.

– Marcas Grant
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