OAKLAND -- Terrelle Pryor's play during a 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday looked much like it had earlier this season when he was the Raiders primary quarterback: Some good, some bad, a jaw-dropping play here, a head-scratching play there, tough to assess overall.

If nothing else, the Raiders' braintrust -- coach Dennis Allen, general manager Reggie McKenzie, owner Mark Davis and offensive coordinator Greg Olson -- secured more evidence on how to proceed when it comes to the quarterback position.

That Pryor started Sunday speaks volumes, given that he started eight of Oakland's first nine games. Allen said he felt compelled to take another look at Pryor before the season ended.

Allen wasn't ready to pass judgment on Pryor's performance after the regular-season finale, which dropped the Raiders to 4-12.

"I'm going to hold off on that until I get a chance to watch the tape," Allen said.

Pryor struggled in the first half and compiled the bulk of his decent-looking stats long after the Broncos sealed the outcome.

Pryor completed 6 of 11 passes for 35 yards in the first half, by which time the Broncos led 31-0.

In the second half, Pryor went 15 of 27 for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

"Scoring twice, it made the day a little bit better," Pryor said. "Not to say that it's acceptable to lose, but you never want to score zero points."


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Matt McGloin started the six games before Sunday. Allen said starting Pryor against the Broncos was not an indictment of McGloin's six-game look-see.

Pryor is under contract through next season. At this point, the starting job figures to be open among McGloin, Pryor and whomever else the Raiders acquire in the draft and through free agency.

Pryor declined to discuss his future in Oakland, saying, "Right now, I don't think this is the time or place to be (talking about that). I don't know what the future holds."

For now, Pryor said he intends to take a week off and then get back to work. He admitted that he has plenty to work on during the offseason.

"There's always room for improvement," Pryor said. " ... I would say I'm inconsistent. Period. I got to get better."

Veteran offensive lineman Khalif Barnes said Pryor made huge strides this season -- Pryor's first starting more than one game -- and that better things are on the horizon.

"He showed that he can make throws after he gets out of trouble with his feet," Barnes said. "He has made some incredible plays once he left the pocket. That gets overshadowed because of the season we had.

"The kid does have the chance to be a special player if he sharpens up his fundamentals. If he gets more consistent, he can be a dynamic player, for sure."