The Seattle Seahawks sent a seventh-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders for Terrelle Pryor a couple of months ago, and the investment initially looked like a lousy one. Last week, ESPN.com’s Terry Blount wrote that Pryor has “not looked good” during workouts and was missing a lot of throws.
Is the former Ohio State star coming around?
During an interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday, Danny O’Neill of the Seattle Times said the Seahawks have been very impressed with what they have seen from Pryor.
“I would cool the jets on the whole Terrelle Pryor is struggling,” O’Neill said. “I have not thought he looks particularly good. However, that’s a pretty layman’s observation from just a few workouts. Talking to someone who’d know yesterday, I heard the Seahawks believe he’s made as much progress as anyone over the past month. In fact, they feel there’s been a breakthrough of sorts for him.”
That’s a pretty strong endorsement. Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was also complimentary of Pryor when speaking to reporters earlier this week.
“He’s working really, really hard to get it,” Bevell said, via Eye on Football. “There are a lot of good things that are happening out here. Sometimes just being able to spit the play out in the huddle can be a challenge and that hasn’t been a problem for him. He’s been able to rip right through it. He’s picking up the offense really well.”
We know Pryor has plenty of physical talent. He kept the Raiders competitive in a number of games last season despite not winning many of them. If the Seahawks can get him to learn the playbook and improve with going through his progressions, they could do a lot worse for a backup quarterback.