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Pryor starts to play catch-up with the Raiders

NAPA, Calif. -- On his second play of his first NFL practice with the Oakland Raiders, Terrelle Pryor fumbled the snap and had to fall on the ball.

He had one more fumbled snap and a few errant passes in his 16 plays during team sessions, looking more like someone who hadn't played football since January than a future franchise quarterback. That's all to be expected considering he just jumped right in on his first day with the Raiders, while most everyone else has had more than four weeks of training camp.

"The problem is that now I'm 17, 18 days, practices behind right now," Pryor said Friday. "I'm just playing catch-up right now. Some of the stuff is getting there, and I'm starting to get familiar with some of the stuff. But it's been one day. Give me a couple of days, and I should be able to fill it in and feel a lot more comfortable."

Pryor was taken in the third round of the supplemental draft on Monday and signed a four-year contract Thursday night.

He had to digest the playbook, learn the terminology and be told how coach Hue Jackson wants quarterbacks to call out plays at the line of scrimmage. Pryor spent a lot of time at the side of Jackson or offensive coordinator Al Saunders, taking in as much information as he could.

"I wanted him to hear how a play sounds, I wanted him to get a feel for how we go about doing it, learn our tempo," Jackson said.

Pryor threw nine passes in team sessions, completing four of them with a few far off target. He also fumbled a pair of snaps on his seven running plays as he starts the process of learning how to be a pro.

Pryor will not play in Oakland's third exhibition game on Sunday against New Orleans and then will have three more practices before the preseason finale at Seattle on Sept. 2. Jackson said it was too early to determine if he'd be able to play then.

After that, Pryor will be ineligible to practice with the Raiders until serving a five-game suspension. Pryor was handed a suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell for the same number of games he would have sat out had he returned to Ohio State.

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