It's a new year, and it was a very different Terrelle Pryor we saw Tuesday at the Raiders' first public organized team activities -- and afterward.

First, Pryor looked pretty sharp during the practice and seemed very comfortable in quarterback drills alongside Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart . . . particularly Palmer.

Then Pryor stepped out for the media availability period and talked calmly, confidently, clearly and with more detail than he ever has during his brief Raiders career.

He acknowledged he was sort of a ghost as a rookie last year -- showing up late as a supplemental draft pick, then having to serve his NFL-mandated five-game suspension, then having to play catch up as he dealt with the cacophony of the Raiders' 2011 late-season.

Some highlights . . .

  • Pryor clearly embraces the presence of Palmer as a mentor and of quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as a hands-on instructor.

    Palmer is a constant and helpful resource, Pryor said, and DeFilippo has worked on his footwork and body position -- with noticeable results.

    Yep, last year the Raiders didn't have a quarterback coach.

    "I mean, I never heard of that before," Pryor said with a smile. "I didn't know what I was getting into coming in here. It's definitely great that Mr. McKenzie got a quarterback coach because I'm learning a lot."

  • Pryor made his own point when a reporter started describing the different skillsets of the three quarterbacks -- Leinart knows the West Coast Offense, you can run, Palmer has a big arm . . .


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    "I've got a big arm, too," Pryor said quickly. "A big arm.

    "I just happen to be able to run and that just adds on to my arsenal."

  • Early in the offseason, the Raiders said Pryor could be the No. 2 quarterback this year, then a few weeks later signed Leinart, who seems primed to be the backup.

    But Pryor said he wasn't discouraged by it at all.

    "This is the business of football," Pryor said, noting that teams have to be as strong at quarterback as possible.

    Plus, Pryor said he believes he's definitely in a competition with Leinart for the backup job.

  • Pryor said he had several phone conversations a week with Al Davis up to the time Davis died, and Pryor said that he feels a special responsibility as Davis' final draft choice (as a supplemental pick in 2011).

  • What was the one play in the Kansas City game last year that Pryor was in for . . . but was negated because of a false-start penalty?

    Pryor said it was a quarterback sneak.

    Pryor was called for a false start because he took the snap too quickly after going under center, though Pryor said he had never heard of that rule and the coaches didn't, either.

    "I was told to take the snap just like I did," Pryor said. "So I obeyed my coaches and did exactly what they told me to do.

    "But it's my fault. We'll do it like that. I'll take the responsibility."

  • Pryor said he didn't want to talk about the subjects he discussed with Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter recently (his deep frustrations last year, his Ohio State/tattoo issues, etc.), but Tuesday's session was still an impressive, comprehensive interview.

    Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.