Raiders, Pryor made for each other

The Raiders grabbed former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in Monday's NFL Supplemental...

The Raiders grabbed former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in Monday's NFL Supplemental draft. (Getty Images)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 AM ET

TORONTO - Was there really ever any doubt where Terrelle Pryor would end up?

Pryor is Oakland-bound, after the Raiders used a third-round pick in Monday’s NFL’s supplemental draft to pick the former Ohio State star.

The Raiders might seldom claim a wild card playoff spot, but they sure love claiming wild cards.

Pryor doesn’t have quite as much baggage of many current or former Raiders, but his NFL future is still a question mark.

A quarterback in college — Pryor set Ohio State’s all-time rushing mark for a quarterback — but few expect him to play that position for the Raiders.

The chatter has already started that a team that loves its burners — Pryor ran a 4.36 40-yard dash when teams had a look at him, which would have been fourth-fasted at the combine — will move Pryor to wide receiver. However, an ESPN report late Monday also suggested that the Raiders definitely will see what Pryor can do as a quarterback.

Oakland has taken the fastest player at the 40 in the combine the past three years.

In the past Pryor said he was a quarterback and a quarterback only, but he softened his stance recently in order to ensure getting picked up.

“We’re tickled and thrilled that Terrelle went in the third round and to the Raiders,” his agent Drew Rosenhaus said.

“The third round is quite an accomplishment for a young man who had his pro day 48 hours ago and didn’t know he would be in the draft until Thursday morning and wasn’t able to meet with any decision makers.”

The NFL had hemmed and hawed about whether Pryor should be eligible after he got caught up in a scandal while at OSU. Pryor is suspended for the first five games of the season but could suit up for the rest of the pre-season.

Oakland will forfeit a third-round pick in 2012 and as of now would not pick again until the fifth round after making its first-round selection.

Pryor was the only player selected in the supplemental draft..

The 6-foot-5, 232 pound Pryor might also be given a look as a tight end though Rosenhaus’ statements indicated they are still hoping he gets a chance initially to make the team as a quarterback.

“We all know how Al Davis likes big players who can run and Terrelle brings a dimension of size and speed that’s unique to the quarterback position,” Rosenhaus said.

“Any young quarterback would like the opportunity to go there and compete and be the guy.”

Oakland’s three current signal-callers are in the final years of their deals.

Tebow, Quinn still battling

Kyle Orton is the undisputed starter in Denver mere weeks after he turned down a trade to Miami.

But who will back him up remains undetermined.

Denver head coach John Fox said Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn are on equal footing and will have the last two pre-season games to determine who will get the first shot at replacing Orton should he falter or get hurt.

Fox confirmed on Monday that Orton would start against Oakland to open the season.

Tebow stated the final three games last year, but has not progressed as the Broncos and their fans had hoped.

Broncos teammates praised Orton on Monday for giving Tebow advice about mechanics.

Quick hits

Cleveland left tackle has agreed to a seven-year, $84 million U.S. extension, according to ESPN. The $12 million average would make Thomas one of the highest paid players in the league. ... Free agent defensive end Antwan Odom was shot in the leg during a home invasion in Alabama. A childhood friend has been charged with attempted murder ... San Francisco running back Frank Gore said he isn’t pleased contract talks with the team are going slowly and said he would test free agency next season if he doesn’t get a new deal. He also didn’t deny he has requested a trade ... Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams has injured his foot and will have to see a specialist ... Jacksonville’s defence does not have a single sack through two pre-season games, never a good sign ... Washington running back James Davis has been waived, a week after walking out on the team ... Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is OK after a concussion scare and isn’t expected to be out of the lineup for long, if at all ... Atlanta president Rich McKay, the chairman of the NFL’s competition committee, told si.com’s Peter King that the unpopular new kickoff rules will not be changed during the 2011 season, no matter what people are saying about them ... Green Bay linebacker Frank Zombo will be out for weeks after breaking his scapula ... Denver has waived tight end Richard Quinn, a second-round pick in 2009 ... Cleveland running back Montario Hardesty will return to the lineup on Thursday, a year after he tore his ACL ... According to ESPN, Tampa Bay Cornerback Aqib Talib and Tennessee wide receiver Kenny Britt will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell this week and could be handed lengthy suspensions. Talib was charged with aggravated assault in March, Britt was charged with disorderly conduct in a separate incident.

Not Favre again

Jim Irsay should have known better. Or maybe he just wanted some attention.

The Colts owner created the expected frenzy by tweeting playful comments about Brett Favre that were of course interpreted that the oft-retired legend would be joining the team.

Irsay tweeted that he was in Hattiesburg, Miss., the home of Favre and then refused all interview requests.

On Monday, head coach Jim Caldwell and several of his players said they got a kick out of the whole thing, while making it pretty clear that fans shouldn’t expect to see a Peyton Manning-Favre combo this year.

“I think they’re hilarious,” Gary Brackett said of Irsay’s tweets.

“Usually, he’s trying to write something from some kind of country song, he has a lot of giveaways or whatever. But I wouldn’t call anything on Twitter gospel.”

Manning is recovering from a neck injury and might have to sit out the first game of the season, ending his iron-man streak at 227 games started, second among quarterbacks all-time only to Favre.

The Colts have looked bad so far and don’t have much at quarterback behind the NFL’s only four-time MVP, which is fuelling the speculation, along with Irsay’s silence.

The team said through a spokesman on Monday that they were “99.5%” sure that Irsay wasn’t in Hattiesburg on Sunday and Favre’s agent also said he hasn’t heard anything.


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