Raiders notebook: Quarterback Pryor's first drive uneventful
Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 11:52 p.m.
OAKLAND — Raiders fans finally got what they had been booing for: playing time for backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
The athletic second-year player took the field to start the second quarter, but his stint was short and uneventful. After a false start by right guard Mike Brisiel, Pryor handed off twice to Darren McFadden, then threw incomplete to Darrius Heyward-Bey on third-and-7.
“I got to the third progression,” Pryor said. “They covered up the tight end on the backside, to the left — a slant to the boundary. The slant was covered. They doubled him, actually. So I went to go pass it to DHB and I saw 21 (cornerback Javier Arenas) jump it. He was about to jump-cut it, so I just threw it right underneath. That would suck if I went right in and threw a pick. But I saw the guy.”
And that was it for Pryor. Coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp had predetermined that Pryor would get one series in the second quarter, pass or fail. Officially, this was the kid's first NFL action. He took the field for one play last season — also against Kansas City — but left the field after he false started.
“I wasn't nervous, because of all the studying I did,” Pryor said Sunday. “I wasn't nervous at all. I was excited to get out and lead. Obviously, I wish it would have went different.”
And yes, he did hear the cheers lavished upon him in the half-filled Coliseum.
“Oakland loves me. I love Oakland,” Pryor said. “I was excited to get out there. There's not much I can say. I only had four plays, so not much I could really pick apart about myself.”
PATCHWORK PASS DEFENSE
Another week, another stack of medical paperwork for the battered Raiders secondary. Strong safety Tyvon Branch, listed as questionable with neck and ankle injuries, was able to suit up and start. But starting cornerback Phillip Adams left the game with a head injury early in the second quarter, and backup safety Mike Mitchell dropped out with a neck injury later in the quarter.
That pushed Joselio Hanson, Coye Francies and, especially, Brandian Ross into more prominent roles, and they generally held up well.
“We've got guys that play corner, nickel, joker, safety — I think Brandian Ross played like seven positions today, so I'm proud of him and the way he played,” Branch said. “He stepped up and played big for us.”
HERE'S TO THE LONG SNAPPER
Before the game, long snapper Jon Condo was presented with the Commitment to Excellence Award, presented annually to the guy who best exemplifies the Raiders spirit. It was rare positive publicity for one of the NFL's more anonymous positions.
“It means a lot — especially since voted by my peers, by my teammates,” Condo said. “And it's one reason I play this game, for respect of my teammates. So definitely means a lot, and I'll definitely cherish this moment, to win this award.”
Condo, a sixth-year veteran, has snapped for punter Shane Lechler at two Pro Bowls.
The Raiders tied a franchise record by allowing the Chiefs just 10 rushing yards. In two games this season, Oakland limited Jamaal Charles, who entered Sunday's contest as the NFL's No. 5 rusher, to 14 yards on 14 carries.
The Raiders' 40:06 time of possession was their fourth-highest of all time, and most in a decade.
LB Rolando McClain, recently suspended — and then reinstated — by the team, and DT Richard Seymour both were inactive for Sunday's game. Seymour has missed six straight games with knee and hamstring injuries.
Carson Palmer moved into second place on the Raiders' single-season list for both pass attempts (562) and yardage (3,987).
Sebastian Janikowski moved into a tie for second place (with John Kasay) on the NFL's all-time list with 42 field goals of 50 or more yards.
Lechler's first punt of the game was the 1,000th of his NFL career.
FB Jamize Olawale made his NFL debut.