Raiders' Terrelle Pryor still has much room to improve

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It is only natural, then, for you to wonder where Pryor stands on his development timeline as we compare him with the more established names in the wave of new quarterbacks.

Sorry. Raiders coach Dennis Allen does not want you to do that.

"The tendency to compare goes on outside of this building," Allen said Monday. "Our focus is how do we take Terrelle Pryor's skill set .<TH>.<TH>. he's Terrelle Pryor, he's unique. He's not somebody else, that somebody might want to compare him to."

That is a smart approach. It is also not the approach I intend to follow.

The NFL is all about comparisons — especially on the weekends when teams line up to compare themselves against each other, with violence involved. The NFL also publishes weekly statistics that compare players, at every position and in every category.

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