Veteran cornerback Charles Woodson was willing to return to the Oakland Raiders this season knowing full well a disappointing year may be on the horizon for the storied NFL franchise.
After Sunday’s performance against the Indianapolis Colts, there’s some optimism surrounding this young team and Woodson is liking what he’s seeing out of starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com:
“The guy’s a heartbreaker,” Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. “Just when a defender thinks a play is over, Terrelle finds a way to stay alive and make a play. That wears people down over the course of a game. The guy is fun to watch, and he gives us a chance to win.”
With Pryor setting a franchise record with 112 rushing yards in Week 1, the once backup quarterback has shown signs of promise and has given the Raiders hope for the future. Although Pryor remains rough around the edges with questionable decision making ability in the red zone, the Ohio State product has proven to be the right choice under center moving forward.
As if Woodson’s endorsement isn’t enough to put this quarterback controversy to rest in Oakland, Andrew Luck of the Colts was also impressed by Pryor’s performance calling the 26-year-old a “stud” after he terrorized the Indianapolis defense on Sunday. Luck also played brilliantly in the Week 1 showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium, but Pryor definitely stole the show with his incredible ability to avoid the pass rush and keep plays alive.