ALAMEDA -- Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor chomps at the bit when he sees other young quarterbacks such as Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick enjoying success.
But he also realizes that coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp know what they're doing when it comes to bringing along Pryor at a much-slower pace than some of his peers.
"Obviously, you want to play a little more," Pryor said. "I'm human, just like everyone else. We all want to do something or have an opportunity to do something. My coaches are looking out for me. They know when I'll be ready. I commend them."
With regular starter Carson Palmer out for the regular-season finale because of fractured ribs and a bruised lung, Allen said he intends to start either Pryor or veteran Matt Leinart on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Leinart relieved Palmer against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and attempted 32 passes. Pryor played three snaps, including one short pass to fullback Marcel Reece.
Pryor said he is eager to get extensive playing time, knowing that his skill set is comparable to that of several others already making their mark, especially Newton.
"Watching Cam, it definitely makes my heart jump because, when I look at Cam, I see myself," Pryor said. "He can throw the rock around, too. I see myself, like I said, and, obviously, my heart, I just jump out, like, 'Oh, my God, I want to get in.'
"But there's a
The Raiders selected Pryor in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft in 2011. He has attempted two passes and spent most of his time learning the Raiders offense and waiting for his chance to play.
Allen said he will decide upon a starter later this week after seeing Pryor and Leinart in practice. Those two players split the reps in practice Wednesday.