Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will take the field again in Week 5 as he cleared concussion protocol Wednesday. After missing last week’s contest due to a concussion, Pryor has the chance to scorch a lackluster Chargers pass defense.
Pryor has been deemed free of concussion-like symptoms and the news could not have come at a better time for the Raiders. The dynamic quarterback is able to hurt teams with his arm and legs, and the opportunity is there for him to match his career highs in either category (281 passing yards, 112 rushing yards). The Chargers are 29th in the league allowing 312.2 passing yards per game and 25th in allowing 120.5 rushing yards per game.
With running back Darren McFadden out for the game, Pryor is going to be asked to handle even more of the workload than he’s used to. His receiver corps is less than impressive with Denarius Moore and Rod Streater, hindering his ability to make big plays in the passing game. However, don’t be surprised if Oakland designs a significant amount of plays for Pryor to beat the defense by running it himself.
Pryor is improving as he gets used to being a starting quarterback in the NFL, and don’t expect that trend to halt anytime soon. Consider Pryor a strong QB2 this week against the Chargers.