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Terrelle Pryor says he’s staying at quarterback

Terrelle Pryor

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor looks on during an NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Pryor took part in his first practice with the Raiders since his five-game suspension was lifted. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


ESPN’s Mel Kiper has long believed former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s best NFL position would be tight end. But the Raiders selected Pryor in last summer’s supplemental draft as a quarterback, and Pryor plans to stay there under the new regime in Oakland.

That’s not even a question,” Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, adding that he “hasn’t heard” any rumors about a position switch. “I’m still working to become the best quarterback.”

Florio reported last October that the Raiders installed “specific packages” for Pryor leading up to a Week Seven matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. Pryor only took one snap against the Chiefs, but that wasn’t by design in the 28-0 blowout loss.

“I had a whole package for that game,” Pryor explained. “I was going to make a bunch of throws, but we ended up getting smashed and I was yanked. Who knows where it would have gone? I’m confident I would have been successful during that time. We were down, 21-0, and we didn’t run any plays.”

It was Pryor’s only snap of his rookie season.

While the Raiders can be expected to draft another quarterback in April, Pryor currently stands second on the depth chart between starter Carson Palmer and third-stringer Rhett Bomar.