Pryor doesn't make a case to be starter

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 - 8:03 pm

SEATTLE – Terrelle Pryor failed to make coach Dennis Allen's decision on a starting quarterback any easier Thursday night.

Pryor showed the running skills that make him such an intriguing option but struggled with his passing in a 22-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason finale for both teams at CenturyLink Field.

The Raiders, 1-3 in the preseason, managed only field goals of 45 and 37 yards from Justin Medlock with Pryor at quarterback in the first half and looked to be a team a long way from finding itself with the regular-season opener in Indianapolis looming Sept. 8.

Seattle, 4-0 in the preseason, passed at will for much of the night against Raiders starters and reserves.

Chances are that before Allen makes the call on whether Pryor or sore-armed Matt Flynn is the starting quarterback, he'll first turn his attention to cutting 22 players from the roster to the mandatory 53 on Saturday.

Pryor's time was limited because the Raiders couldn't move the ball and the defense couldn't stop Seattle. Part of the reason Oakland had a 20:24 to 9:36 disadvantage in time of possession was the inability to get first downs through the air.

Starting quarterback Russell Wilson completed 3 of 3 passes for 68 yards in setting up a 2-yard run by Robert Turbin on the opening drive, then took the rest of the night off. Backup Tarvaris Jackon was 12 for 17 for 199 yards and got the Seahawks in position for three field goals by Steven Hauscka.

Hauscka ended up kicking five field goals from distances of 56, 22, 51, 43 and 53 yards.

When the first half ended, Pryor was 3 of 8 for 31 yards and one interception with a miniscule passer rating of 9.9. The good things Pryor did came with his legs, as he set up Medlock's first field goal with a 25-yard scramble and added a 17-yard bootleg late in the second half to help set up the second one.

Pryor's last drive, although it produced points, came in an unusual two-minute drill which the Raiders drove 61 yards for three points and failed to gain even a yard through the air.

After Hauschka kicked the third of three first-half field goals for a 16-3 lead, the Raiders took over at their own 20 with 3:59 left.

Rashad Jennings promptly ripped of runs of 9 and 32 yards to the Seattle 39. On first-and-10, Pryor, with the line blocking, right, took off on a bootleg to his left for 17 yards to the Seattle 22.

Following a 2-yard run by Jennings, the Seahawks failed to fall for a Pryor playfake, with Jeron Johnson and Bruce Irvin forcing him out of bounds for a 5-yard loss. Pryor then scrambled for six yards, with Medlock coming in for the field-goal conversion.

There was precious little for Raider fans to be optimistic about, but Oakland was stout against the run in the first half, holding Seattle to 34 yards on 17 carries, with Pat Sims often playing behind the line and disrupting Seahawks blocking schemes.

Notes – Left tackle Menelik Watson, playing into the third quarter in his first game as a left tackle after just one padded practice, had no penalties and no glaring errors. One of the two sacks of Pryor came to Watson's side on a play where the quarterback ran into the pressure.

• Jennings had 53 yards on six carries in the first half, with Allen opting to rest Darren McFadden for the final preseason game. Also sitting out was free safety Charles Woodson. Young was in coverage when Wilson threw a 50-yard pass to Stephen Williams on the first drive.

• Wide receiver Brice Butler did not make the trip because of a hamstring injury and Sio Moore, bothered by a toe injury of late, also did not play.

• Mike Brisiel, who has struggled with his knee of late, played as the second-team right guard in the second half behind starter Lucas Nix.

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