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Terrelle Pryor shows signs of fulfilling Al Davis' belief

  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 19-20 - FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif. The Raiders spent the first two years after late owner Al Davis' death looking for a quarterback to build around. Now they finally seem ready to build around the quarterback Davis left them when he used his final draft pick of a near half-century tenure on Pryor. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders spent the first two years after late owner Al Davis' death looking for a quarterback to return the franchise to glory.

They traded for Carson Palmer and Matt Flynn, drafted Tyler Wilson and pursued Josh Freeman, all while being deeply skeptical of Davis' final draft pick in Oakland.

Now the Raiders finally appear to be firmly behind Terrelle Pryor as their starting quarterback, believing his steadily improving mechanics, paired with his breathtaking athleticism, could give the organization the quarterback it's been lacking during a decade of disappointment.

"I think they have an intriguing prospect that they can continue to develop," said Rich Gannon, the last quarterback to lead the Raiders to the playoffs in 2002. "This is a tremendous opportunity for him and he's earned that opportunity. He clearly beat out the other guy in training camp. It's not like this job was given to him. But now you need to see continued improvement from the guy."

Pryor's performance so far this season may be enough to take the Raiders off the list of teams that will be desperate to draft a quarterback in April.

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