To little surprise, Terrelle Pryor will be cut to help the Seahawks roster get down to 53 Saturday, according to Pro Football Talk and other league sources. In four preseason games, Pryor showed some flashes, but not enough wise decisions or passing accuracy to dislodge the incumbent backup, Tarvaris Jackson.
Acquired from Oakland, where he started nine games in 2013, for a seventh-round draft choice, Pryor was seen as a low-risk gamble because his superior athleticism created intrigue. There was a possibility that a strong preseason showing might interest another team in trading a draft choice for Pryor, but that hasn’t happened so far.
He completed 53.8 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions, but had one of the top plays of the preseason, a 44-yard scramble from the pocket for a touchdown against San Diego.
Coach Pete Carroll has almost always gone with two quarterbacks, and keeping a third who was unlikely to play at all would rob another position of important depth.
After his acquisition there was speculation that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder might be a receiver, tight end or H-back. But he remained at QB throughout and admitted during camp he doesn’t have hands good enough to catch in the NFL.
Two teams with backup QB needs reside in the NFC West — San Francisco and St. Louis. After the mandatory cutdown deadline passes at 1 p.m. Saturday, one or both may take a flyer on his services.