OAKLAND — Terrelle Pryor started taking snaps with the first-team offense about three weeks ago after spending most of training camp as Matt Flynn's backup. Chad Henne has shuffled in and out of the starting lineup almost every year of his NFL career, and he began the regular season behind Blaine Gabbert.
Suddenly, both are starting — and it's only Week 2.
That pretty much sums up the state of the Oakland Raiders (0-1) and Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) right now. Two of the NFL's worst franchises the past few seasons are each counting on their quarterback to spark change, starting Sunday when Pryor and the Raiders host Henne and the Jaguars at the Oakland Coliseum.
Pryor beat out Flynn in training camp with some eye-popping plays and wowed with his arm and his legs in a 21-17 loss at Indianapolis in the season opener. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown — with two interceptions — and set a Raiders franchise record for rushing by a quarterback with 112 yards on 13 carries.
The former Ohio State standout will be making his third career start, second this season and first at home.