When Terrelle Pryor was acquired from the Oakland Raiders this offseason, there was debate as to where he should be used on the Seahawks offense.
As a receiver? As a running back?
Hopefully, as neither.
Because Pryor is a quarterback and that’s what he should play if he is going to be a member of the defending Super Bowl champions.
Sure, he is a mobile player, but he is not quick enough or agile enough to become a full-time running back. And yeah, he has decent size but he doesn’t have the hands or the ability to take a hit and play wide receiver successfully.
In fact, Pryor himself said that he isn’t comfortable anywhere but behind center on offense, via The Seattle Times.
“I don’t know how to catch. I don’t know how to run the ball as a running back,” Pryor said. “I’ve been a quarterback my whole life.”
Besides the fact that Pryor doesn’t believe he has the skill-set to succeed at a different position, the Seahawks offense doesn’t need his talent anywhere but as Russell Wilson‘t backup.
Seattle is deep at the receiver position, doing well at tight end and set at running back.
Where else would Pryor play? Guard? That’s about the only place the Seahawks have a vacant spot open for grabs at this point.
Pryor would serve as an interesting backup for Wilson, and there isn’t anywhere else to put him.
I know it would be exciting to see the Seahawks utilize the player they used a 7th round draft pick to trade for, but the reality is Pryor won’t be that exciting this year.
And that’s a good thing.
Let him do what he does best — play quarterback.
He has what it takes to be at least a No. 3 QB on Seattle’s depth chart, but if he really impresses in July, he could sneak in to beat out Tarvaris Jackson for the lead backup role.
This is what’s best for not only Pryor, but for the Seahawks as well. They don’t need to fix what’s not broken and their offense is certainly not broken. It could be one of the league’s best if all the parts click the way they should.
Pryor will be a great backup quarterback and his knowledge of the game will contribute to the Seahawks success, just not on the field.