Pryor's struggles aren't really that unexpected. He never even lived up to his college potential. But fortunately we have him in a position where:
a) he doesn't have to be the primary backup if he's not ready, because Lienart can fill that role
b) he doesn't have to be ready to start for a few years because its not like Palmer is very old
Thanks for the info, Ran. I kind of figured there'd be some Pryor chatter after reading it because we haven't had a true project QB here in a while. I think some folks don't quite understand that if dude has to see the field anytime in the next two years, we've got serious issues. Good NFL quarterbacks, the ball often won't touch the ground in practice. Pryor has trouble handing the ball off. This isn't a cheap shot on the guy, just an indication of the gulf he has to cross to become a legitimate starter. I'm glad that RM seems comfortable giving him the time he needs to develop because I really want Al to hit paydirt one last time.
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Give Pryor a chance. We do not need him now, so lets get him out there while we can (nobody can dispute, he does seem to have the right attitude). Who knows. Two years from now, he can look good in a couple of exhibition games, and his value will sky rocket. Its amazing what QB's are worth if they look good in a few meaningless games.
We will get our first look at Pryor in the preseason games. Really looking forward to that. Hopefully he is not taking off and running very much. I am more worried about Leinert performing well this summer. He holds a key position on the team.
Best thing that could happen to Pryor is for his name simply not to be mentioned this year. Let him quietly work on the fundamentals and learn from Palmer and Leinart. The guy never got a chance to fully learn Hue's offense and less than a year later he's learning another. It's to be expected he's not going to look good while he picks things up so let's not call him a bust or failure and please let's not call him backup/starter material. Let the guy find his way and hopefully a year from now we start hearing about progress.
I think Pryor has the potential to be the next Joe Montana. It'll be close.
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I think it's safe to say that Pryor will be our 3 this year.
For me personally... Hearing anything positive about Leinart in OTAs training camp or even preseason games will not make me comfortable with him as a back up.
Fans of 31 other teams have not changed their opinion on Leinart... and rightfully so. He has had 7 seasons in the NFL. (Man, time flies!)
Had he signed with the Miami Dolphins, 99.9% of the people on this very board who are "happy" we signed him would be talking trash about what a bust he was.
How I relate that to Pryor.... On the converse side of the "OTA/Training camp success" comment, I am hoping for any signs of hope out of Pryor or even this Newhall-Caballaro kid to counter the doubt that should be heaped upon 7 year failure Matt Leinart.
I will say this... One thing I would like about Pryor being a 3 is the fact that we could put him in for some other positions to see how he fares with little risk.
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