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Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor: I never knew how to throw

Terrelle Pryor's name might be getting lost in the Oakland Raiders' quarterback battle between the presumed starter, Matt Flynn, and the presumed future, Tyler Wilson.

However, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the uber-athletic Pryor has entered training camp a much-improved signal-caller. Part of Pryor's development entering his third NFL season was thanks to hiring quarterbacks coach Tom House, a former major-league pitcher who also tutors Tom Brady.

"I never really knew how to throw a football before," Pryor said Sunday, per the Bay Area News Group. "It's coming along. I'm getting way better. I probably missed four or five throws out of 80, 85 throws today. I might ice my arm as a precaution tonight, but it feels great."

It must be tough for a quarterback to admit he never really knew how to throw, but Pryor's mechanics and accuracy the past few seasons are in agreement with his assessment.

While he might be the third wheel in the quarterback battle, Pryor will have a role in the offense, Allen said. The Raiders will have certain packages to get Pryor the ball on the edge and use his ability to run and throw.

Pryor's athleticism will keep him in the NFL, but if he continues just to be a gimmick quarterback, we wonder if it'd behoove both him and the team for him to accept a Denard Robinson-esque "Offensive Weapon" role.

Follow Kevin Patra on Twitter @kpatra.

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