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Raiders pleased with Pryor's progress

Associated Press Modified: August 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm •  Published: August 26, 2012
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Terrelle Pryor is still far from being a polished quarterback for the Oakland Raiders and isn't likely to move up the depth chart any time soon.

His footwork needs improvement and he's still trying to get comfortable staying in the pocket instead of taking off on a run as he did many times in college.

Pryor is making progress, though. He put up 227 yards of offense and threw a pair of touchdown passes in the second half of the Raiders' 31-20 preseason win over Detroit in what was easily the highlight of his young NFL career.

"He had his good plays and he had his bad plays," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Sunday. "The thing I was impressed with was there was progress. He made a couple of nice throws. (The Lions) came with pressure and he was able to get outside of the pocket and make a couple of nice throws."

More than the numbers, Allen liked Pryor's command of the huddle and his communication. Those were two issues the third-string quarterback struggled with in training camp.

Against Detroit, Pryor played with the second-string offense because backup quarterback Matt Leinart sat out with an injured index finger on his non-throwing hand.

Pryor appeared calm and relaxed while leading Oakland on three scoring drives in the second half.

He broke free on a 59-yard run in the third quarter, then scrambled for a 17-yard touchdown after stepping up in the pocket to avoid a sack.

Pryor later threw touchdown passes of 39 and 76 yards to rookie wide receiver Juron Criner, the second of which came after Pryor rolled to his right and had to throw back across his body.

"It was a good time," Pryor said after the game. "I love this feeling and I want more of it."

Equally important was that Pryor kept the offense moving with few, if any, hiccups.

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