Last season, the Oakland Raiders, and the rest of the AFC West, got to see a glimpse of things to come with quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
The Ohio State outcast filled in for veteran Carson Palmer toward the end of last season and played the last game of the year against the division rival San Diego Chargers. Although Pryor was unable to lead the Raiders to a win over the Chargers, the young quarterback gave the team hope for the future scoring three touchdowns.
After the first four weeks of the current NFL season, Pryor has continued to spark optimism in Oakland with his incredible athletic ability and improved passing ability. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson has become one of Pryor’s biggest supporters and recently took a look back at Pryor facing the Chargers last year.
Olson was blown away by Pryor’s improvement from last season saying the following via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com:
“It had been a while since I watched that game, so when it came up this week I got a chance to see it again,” Olson said. “It refreshed my memory, and I thought, ‘Oh, this guy has shown a lot of improvement in the course of when he last played the Chargers in that last game.’ That was encouraging to me after watching that.”
After sitting out last week against the Washington Redskins due to a concussion, Pryor will get back on the field against the Chargers.
The last time Pryor faced the Chargers he struggled passing the football going 13-for-28, but threw to touchdowns and ran one in for a score. The Raiders ultimately lost by three, 24-21, but Pryor was able to spark the offense regardless.
Heading into the matchup with the Chargers in Week 5, the situation will be much different for Pryor. Both teams are arguably much improved in comparison to last season and will be looking to make an impression with a win over a division rival. Although San Diego has been dubbed the favorite heading into Oakland, the Raiders might be able to pull off the upset.