Pryor says he's better QB after debacle in K.C.

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C

ALAMEDA – Terrelle Pryor has had plenty of time to rehash the worst start of his brief NFL career.

After spending the bye week for the Raiders trying to correct all the mistakes he made against Kansas City, Pryor can turn his focus to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pryor is looking to bounce back from a three-turnover, nine-sack performance that tempered the enthusiasm surrounding a stellar start the previous week against San Diego and help the Raiders (2-4) win the game after a bye for the first time since the 2002 season.

He used his time off to hone his mechanics with his personal coach, rewatch his previous games and spend extra time working with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

"I've become a better quarterback from that game," Pryor said. "The two days I had with Olson and coach Flip, we really hammered home on situational football and understanding. I believe I became a better quarterback just by sitting in the room with them the two days we had during the bye week. That's something I'm very proud of, that we worked hard on that and I'm getting better at that."

Pryor followed up his best game as a pro in a win against San Diego when he went 18 for 23 for 221 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers with his worst the following week at Kansas City.

Pryor struggled against the Chiefs' defense, a record-loud crowd in Kansas City and injuries that decimated Oakland's offensive line in a 24-7 loss.

Pryor completed 18 of 34 passes for 216 yards while throwing his first three interceptions since the season opener in Indianapolis and taking the nine sacks. Pryor struggled to get the plays called on time, leading to three delay-of-game penalties and also called a wrong play and a wrong protection that added to Oakland's offensive woes.

"I think it's part of the growth process overall," Olson said. "He did a number of good things the previous week, and then came in and had to play a very good defense. We were a little bit short-handed with what we had up front and the loudest environment in the history of the National Football League. I think it's all part of the growing process and part of his growth process as we move forward."

While many players went home after the final bye week practice last Wednesday, Pryor stayed in town to work with his coaches and fine tune his mechanics with his offseason throwing coach Tom House.

Pryor said his balance was off and his head was in the wrong position at times, limiting his ability to drive the ball.

Pryor could be helped out a bit this week by improved help on the offensive line. Starting center Stefen Wisniewski practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his knee against Washington on Sept. 29.

That injury proved especially costly when backup Andre Gurode suffered a quadriceps injury against Kansas City, forcing guard Mike Brisiel to play center for the first time in the NFL.

Note – The Raiders claimed linebacker Martez Wilson from New Orleans and waived defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, the team's sixth-round pick in 2012.

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