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Terrelle Pryor is firm on being a QB

Terrelle Pryor is eligible to practice Wednesday with the Oakland Raiders for the first time now that his five-game NFL suspension is over.

The former Ohio State quarterback, whom the Raiders took in the third round of the supplemental draft in August, told a Pittsburgh radio station that he doesn’t expect to play in any packages that make him a receiver. He said he is a quarterback and he expects to be a good one.

“They are not going to do that. It is what it is,” Pryor said when asked if he expects to play any positions other than quarterback. “Right now I’m at a quarterback position and they may have some Wildcat packages or whatever the case may be. I will be at quarterback and I will be a very effective one.”

It’s great that Pryor is confident. But don’t expect him to be playing anytime soon. He is a project, and the team needs to work with him extensively before he is ready to play. Starter Jason Campbell is a free agent at the end of the year. However, if Campbell continues to play well, I’m sure the Raiders will look at extending him at some point.

Still, it’s positive for the organization that a developmental quarterback like Pryor is in place.