One thing stood out in the Raiders loss to the Colts, quarterback Terrelle Pryor proved the late Al Davis was correct in pick him as a potential franchise quarterback in 2011. Pryor rushed for 112 yards, the most ever by a Raiders quarterback, and passed for 217 yards, becoming the seventh quarterback to throw for at least 200 yards and run for at least 100 in a regular-season game in just his second start of his career in Oakland.
Following yesterday's loss, Pryor's already being compared to the likes of a young Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson. While such praise seems premature, his heroics on the field kept the game close for the Raiders to score a potential game winning touchdown, leading his team within the 30 of the Colts with less than two minutes on the clock, before throwing a pick that ended the game 17-14. Andrew Luck may have scored the game's winning touchdown, but the game will be remembered for Pryor's performance.
The Raiders went from being considered most likely to land the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, displayed a team that can remain competitive down to the final play of the game. Terrelle Pryor not only has a strong accurate arm and speed, he proved to have good field vision and instincts. These same attributes were displayed while playing at Ohio State, before Pryor had chosen to withdraw from the university early in 2011.
The Raiders would use a third round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft on Pryor and later sign him to a four year contract. The late Al Davis loved fast players, and took a gamble on Pryor and the gamble paid off as Pryor, following the first game of the 2013 season, has given the Raiders fan base something to cheer about and a leader on offense. It may have been only one game, but the kid set the bar, a bar which the Raiders will follow for the rest of the season.