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ALAMEDA, CALIF. (AP) - Terrelle Pryor has spent the past five weeks attending quarterback meetings, doing individual drills and learning about what it takes to play quarterback in the NFL.
“He’s very talented,” coach Hue Jackson said. “I thought he did some good things but we’ll continue this week to do that, to get him back in the mix with his teammates so that I can see him a little bit more and evaluate that talent and see where I can put it.”
Pryor had to serve the suspension when he was allowed to participate in the supplemental draft. Pryor left Ohio State instead of serving a five-game ban after being involved in a cash-for-memorablia scandal that has put the Buckeyes under NCAA investigation.
Pryor declined to talk to the media but his teammates said he’s glad to be back in the fold.
“I think he’s just excited to be back on the practice field,” starting quarterback Jason Campbell said. “Having to sit out for five weeks and, obviously, not receive a paycheck for five weeks, I know kind of stings, too. But I think he’s obviously excited about being out there with his teammates and getting to learn football and getting to learn our offense and grow together.”
Pryor is an impressive physical specimen, measuring 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds and being clocked at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.
Pryor is coming off his best season statistically at Ohio State, throwing for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He ran for 754 yards and four TDs and helped the Buckeyes win the Sugar Bowl.
He took part in three practices during preseason but has only been allowed to attend meetings and do individual drills on his own since the end of the exhibition season.
“Just like you’d like for a young quarterback to be,” he said. “He spent a lot of time out here preparing himself and getting ready. I could not be a part of this. Our coaching staff could not be a part of it but the young man, I can tell, he did a lot of work prior to today. It shows that he’s gotten better.”
“He’ll come up with suggestions. He’ll write it on the board _ ‘I think we should do this on this play,’” Campbell said. “So I said, ‘What are you, our consultant now?’”
Notes: The Raiders had only 10 men on the field for Michael Huff’s game-ending interception against Houston, with S Jerome Boyd mistakenly running off the field. Mike Mitchell said he and fellow S Tyvon Branch were the only players who realized it. “But we couldn’t do anything. We had to play it out, and we didn’t want to be too crazy because then they would realize it,” Mitchell said. … Starting MLB Rolando McClain did not practice because of an ankle injury and was limping during the open media window. … CB Chris Johnson, who missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on a limited basis. … RB Rock Cartwright (calf), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), TE Richard Gordon (hand), FB Marcel Reece (ankle) and DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) all missed practice.
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