Usually the third quarterback off the bench behind Palmer and offseason addition Matt Leinart, Pryor took advantage of Leinart's injured finger and replaced Palmer in the third quarter of last night's 31-20 win over the Detroit Lions. In less than two quarters of action, Pryor showed why the Raiders burned a 2012 third-round draft pick on him.
Pryor completed 3 of his 5 pass attempts for 137 yards, including a pair of long touchdown passes to promising rookie receiver Juron Criner in the fourth quarter. Pryor demonstrated his athleticism by gaining 59-yards on a scramble on Third-and-6, before capping the drive off with a 17-yard touchdown run two plays later.
"He's still a work in progress," Allen said of Pryor, via Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com. "But I thought he made some strides today. He's not where we need him to be. He's not where he wants to be. But he made some progress."
Palmer's job as a starter might be safe, but Pryor is beginning to make the case for playing time. Whether that's in the red zone, as Gutierrez suggests, or as the full-fledged No. 2, it will be hard for Allen to keep Pryor off the 46-man active roster on Sundays this fall.