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Terrelle Pryor not looking at demotion as setback

Looking to lead in another way. Aaron Wilson

Print This December 14, 2013, 02:20 AM EST

Terrelle Pryor began the season a surprise starter for the Oakland Raiders.

And it looked like he was someone that could wind up being a signal caller for the immediate future. But injuries forced him out and gave Matt McGloin a chance at the job. McGloin has performed admirable, which had coach Dennis Allen making a quarterback change.

Asked about it, Pryor said he doesn't look at his demotion as a setback, but as a learning experience.

"I look at it as an opportunity to find a way to lead in a different way," Pryor told Oakland reporters, via ESPN.com. "Right now I'm not playing, obviously. But what's that going to determine, my failure or success? I was hurt in the New York Giants game and couldn't exactly be myself, I come back and somebody else is starting. No, it's just push forward and find ways to get better."

For the season, Pryor has 1,579 passing yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He did some damage on the ground with 508 rushing yards nad two touchdowns. Conversely, McGloin, in five games, has 1,044 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.

It would appear Allen's made the right decision so far. Pryor's looking at it as something to overcome down the road.

"You could always your head down and cry and whine about it and talk behind everyone's back about it and be very negative but there's another way," Pryor said. "It's an opportunity for me to be a leader in a different way of not playing and try to grasp guys and teach guys. That's how I'm going about it and that's probably the only way I can right now. That's how."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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