"He's still a young player," Allen said Monday. "He's still got a lot of growing to do and a lot of getting better to do. He's a talented player and we're going to continue to try to build with him and try to grow with him."
Allen stopped short of anointing Pryor as the face of the franchise, but it's clear that teammates and fans have been buoyed by the young quarterback's accelerated development.
A franchise that seemed to fall on the quarterback side of the premature Clowney vs. Bridgewater debate one month ago is now shifting in the other direction. Credit Pryor for keeping a level head, though, realizing he "won't be here very long" if his Week 6 troubles carry over.
Pryor's dynamic athleticism has been his calling card through six weeks. If the Raiders are truly going to build around him, he will have to continue to make steady progress in mechanics, accuracy, field vision and decision making. So far, so good.