It is so good to be reporting on football again even though the Raiders have only been at camp for four days. But with four days of hard work in the books the Raiders and their new look roster have no question have some players who are looking to step up to the plate.
One player I am hearing great things about second string QB Terrelle Pryor who is trying to win the starting job which is a long shot in itself. Pryor is known for his amazing speed and making defenders miss left and right but he lacks accuracy and especially arm strength. Pryor started the last game of the season in 2012 for the Raiders in San Diego. In that game Pryor went 13 of 28 for 150 yards and 2 touchdown and only 1 pick, more importantly the Raiders lost 24-21. But this is a new year and in 2013 Pryor is showing impressive arm accuracy and improved arm strength, hopefully he can continue to improve as camp goes on for the Raiders.
Pryor will have no trouble being named the number two quarterback but like I said it is a long shot for him to be named the number one guy without someone getting injured. I say this because Matt Flynn has taken over the Raider offense and become a leader on the team. He has already developed great chemistry with the wide receivers and his arm is looking solid. That says a lot considering what he has to work with, the Raiders do not have a lot of known names at the receiver position. Denarius Moore is their number one guy for sure and it looks like Rod Streater will be taking over the number two role with Jacoby Ford getting hurt yet again.
The Raiders offensive success either way will be determined on how well Darren McFadden does in Greg Olson’s offensive and from the first looks at camp, he seems to be back to his old self. McFadden is very happy to be running in a power running game and is looking unstoppable yet again. If McFadden stays healthy, I know we stay that every year, he will no question get over 1,000 yards.
Now onto the defense… from what I am hearing MLB Nick Roach has looked great in the middle of the Raider defense and has been the clear leader of the defense. The Raiders had not had a real MLB since Greg Biekert who left after the 2001 season. If the Raiders are going to win games this season and stop people from scoring, Nick Roach is going to have to take command of this defense and show all these young guys how it is done and be that mentor they look up to.
I am sure as more time goes on more guys will step up, they will need to for the Raiders to have any success at all in 2013. If the Raiders have another 4-12, 5-11 season Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie are out in my opinion. Dennis Allen knows he is on the hot seat this season and needs to win games and win them now.