Pryor Relishing Chance for Fresh Start

Pryor Relishing Chance for Fresh Start

Raiders backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor barely hesitated on April 29 when he received a question about his mental state. The tweet read: "u worried about an imminent matt leinart signing?"

Pryor, who did not attempt a pass last year after being selected in the third round of the supplemental draft, answered eight minutes later.

"nope !! :)" he wrote.

Leinart indeed joined the Raiders two days later and will compete to be Carson Palmer's backup, but anyone expecting Pryor to be thrown off his game has not looked in his eyes in recent weeks. Pryor is focused and confident, qualities that were missing last season after he left Ohio State a year early because of the memorabilia-for-cash/tattoos scandal that resulted in a five-game suspension for him and a forced resignation for coach Jim Tressel.

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