Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen pledged that the team would have competition heading into next season at the quarterback position, setting up a potential showdown between veteran Carson Palmer and the younger Terrelle Pryor.
Here’s what Allen told the NFL Network on Thursday, according to The San Francisco Chronicle:
“We’re going to have some competition at that position. Carson Palmer did an outstanding job for us last year. We feel really good about Carson at the quarterback position moving forward, and obviously we want to create competition at all levels of our team; offensively, defensively, in the kicking game. The more competition that you can create, the better your football team is going to be. We’re going to look at that as we’re moving forward, but I feel good about Carson. Terrelle did some nice things in the final game of the season last year, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does as we move forward.”
Pryor, 23, started the Raiders’ last game of the 2012 season. He helped account for all three touchdowns in the team’s 24-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers, rushing for one and throwing for two.
The Raiders acquired Palmer from the Bengals for first- and second-round draft picks during the 2011 season. Palmer, 33, threw for more than 4,000 yards last season and put up 22 touchdowns to only 14 interceptions.