As the Washington Redskins prepare for their first prime-time game of 2017 (hosting the 2-0 Oakland Raiders Sunday night), a huge challenge lay ahead. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, running back Marshawn Lynch, receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper; and defensive end Khalil Mack all have talents that pose a problem in terms of game-planning for coach Jay Gruden. Coming up with a good strategy against this team will be tough but, whatever the final blueprint is for beating them, it won’t matter if the Redskins don’t execute. Carr’s quick-passing game and Mack’s amazing athleticism must be combatted with the Redskins pass rush getting home and Washington’s cornerbacks being unerringly sticky
Instead, the self-professed “curious” guy listened to those around him when they saw his talents and wound up playing pro football for 11 years, mostly as cornerback for the Oakland Raiders. My position in football was cornerback, and what your job is as a cornerback is to read the person that’s in front of you — read their body language and anticipate what’s going to happen next.
When Terrelle Pryor made his first NFL reception, the man who drafted him wasn’t around to see it. It was a flea-flicker pass against the Carolina Panthers that went for 22 yards on Dec. 23, 2013, and it played no part in a 17-6 road loss by the Raiders. “Carson Palmer threw it to me,” Pryor said in a phone interview Wednesday. “It was a trick play. It was pretty sweet to get in the game and do something.” Al Davis had been gone for more than two years. It was from that humble beginning that the last man Davis ever drafted began a circuitous route to a career as a wide receiver. It started the moment the Raiders selected Pryor as a quarterback out of Ohio State with a third-round pick in the