Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) scrambles with the football in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Terrelle Pryor: Seahawks did 'phenomenal job' in preseason opener

The Seattle Seahawks fell short in their quest to start the preseason with a win when they fell to the Denver Broncos, 21-16, on Thursday night.

Despite the loss, quarterback Terrelle Pryor felt the team played well and is already thinking about their second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.

“I was happy with the game overall,” Pryor said in an interview with the media after the game. “I thought the team I was running with, the third group, I thought we did a phenomenal job running the ball. [The] offensive line did a phenomenal job blocking and the receivers did a phenomenal job catching.”

Pryor was the statistical leader for the Seahawks on Thursday night, throwing for 137 yards and rushing for 28 more, both team-highs.

He played the majority of the game and led the team well down the field, especially late in the game, but a costly interception in Denver’s red-zone with fewer than three minutes left in the game sealed the victory for the Broncos.

“It came down to me trying to win the game…when that ball left my hand and I got hit, I was like, ‘Oh, this is a touchdown’,” Pryor said with a chuckle.

But Pryor said afterword that he put the blame on himself.

“I lost the team the game at the end of the day,” he said.

The Seahawks as a team rested a number of starters and played a number of second- and third-string players that made the game much closer than it was in the Super Bowl.

Pryor is vying for a spot on the Seahawks as a No. 3 QB behind Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson. He could prove himself as a No. 2 quarterback, but still has a bit of work before getting there.

“I felt my teammates did a phenomenal job and I let them down,” Pryor said. “I just gotta get better in practice.”

There will be plenty more of those before the regular season starts on Sept. 4.

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