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Terrelle Pryor: I didn’t know how to throw a football

Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn

Oakland Raiders quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor, left, and Matt Flynn, right, throw during their NFL football training camp Friday, July 26, 2013, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor knew he needed to improve as a quarterback this offseason. The Raiders traded for Matt Flynn from Seattle and selected Tyler Wilson during April’s NFL Draft. Pryor knew if he wanted to keep up, he had to get better.

After an offseason working with a throwing coach, Pryor realizes just how far he had to come.

According to Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Pryor sought out Tom House over the offseason to help improve his throwing motion. House is a former major league pitcher that also works with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

House helped Pryor improve his footwork and throwing mechanics. With the changes in place, Pryor realizes just how poorly his throwing motion had been before.

“I never really knew how to throw a football before,” Pryor said. “It’s coming along. I’m getting way better. I probably missed four or five throws out of 80, 85 throws today. I might ice my arm as a precaution tonight, but it feels great.”

Head coach Dennis Allen remains intrigued by Pryor’s abilities though he admits Pryor still needs to improve in some of the finer aspects of quarterback play. However, with Pryor potentially becoming a more competent passer it could help keep him entrenched in the Raiders’ quarterback competition.

Pryor completed just 46.7-percent of his passes in three games last season. He completed 14 of 30 passes for 155 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards and a touchdown.