Terrelle Pryor will start for Raiders in season finale vs Broncos

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Allen announced Monday that the Raiders will start Terrelle Pryor at quarterback Sunday when the team hosts the Denver Broncos in the season finale.

"We're gonna go with Terrelle," said Dennis Allen when asked who would start Sunday. "We're gonna play Terrelle this week. . . He's gonna be the starter."

"We got a chance to see Matt McGloin for six games. I liked a lot of the things that I saw in Matt. It's been a while since we've gotten to an opportunity to see Terrelle in a game and I wanted to get him in the game and get another opportunity to evaluate him."

Pryor started eight of the first nine games this season. He got his first start in the 2012 season finale as well. Following week 10 of this season, Pryor went down with a knee injury and was replaced by Matt McGloin. In McGloin's first start he threw for three touchdowns to zero interceptions and earned the right to keep the starting job.

Pryor claims he was ready to return two weeks later when the team faced the Tennessee Titans but remained on the bench in favor of McGloin who started the past six games. McGloin was 118 for 211 passing with 8 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. Allen gave his evaluation of McGloin's performance this season:

"Overall I would say it was a plus. Obviously there was mistakes. He wasn't quite as sharp as he had been earlier in a couple of the earlier games. But I've been pleased with what I've seen out of Matt McGloin from really the first moment he walked on campus here. I think we have a guy that can be in our plans for the future and I'm glad he's on this football team."

Allen went on to say that Pryor getting the start was for evaluation purposes and was "absolutely not" due to the performance of McGloin.

Pryor went 132 for 224, throwing 5 touchdowns to 11 interceptions with a passer rating of 66.0. The team went 3-5 in those games. He didn't get in the game last week against the Chargers after having played in certain packages over the previous two games.

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