Terrelle Pryor Leaving Good Impression With Browns; Could Make Roster
Who remembers Terrelle Pryor, that very talented Ohio State quarterback from 2008-2010. If you’ve never heard of that name before, now might be a good time to do a little research.
Pryor entered the league in 2011, being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round. When drafted, the Raiders were hoping to have their quarterback for the future. However, those plans fell through after Pryor proved to be ineffective.
He didn’t see playing time until 2012, when he only appeared in 3 games with the Raiders. His stat line that season was just 14-30 for 155 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception. He also added a rushing touchdown. After the 2012 season, the Raiders were ready to give Pryor the opportunity he had been waiting for. In 2013, Pryor appeared in 11 games and started 9 of them. Although the opportunity was there, the production was not.
Pryor finished the 2013 season with a 57.4 completion percentage, 1,798 yards, 7 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 5 fumbles. Although he showed glimpses of star-power throughout the season, like his 93-yard touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers that set a NFL record for a QB, he was inconsistent to say the least.
Disappointed by the lack of production, Pryor saw his days in Oakland come to an end. Following that season, it became apparent that Pryor was going to have a very tough time finding a QB job in the NFL. However, he never gave up on his dream to make it in this league.
During the 2015 offseason, Pryor made a big decision that very well could’ve saved his NFL career. With his days at the quarterback position likely done for good, he decided a position change would be in his best interest. With his 6’4”, 233-pound body, he had a few options to choose from: Bulk up and give it a go as a tight-end or slim up and try being a wide receiver.
It was obvious that he would have to stay on the offensive side of the ball, since his defensive abilities wouldn’t be any better than his passing abilities. However, since he knew the quarterback position pretty well, he had a jump start on learning to catch balls.
Ultimately, Pryor decided to go the wide receiver route — which might be the best decision he has ever made. With his big build and lengthy body, he can easily soar over defenders to get the ball. The next step, though, is getting comfortable receiving the ball and running routes, instead of throwing it and reading routes.
The first team to give a Pryor a shot at his new dream was the Cleveland Browns. His first year with them was mostly learning the position and developing him into a wide receiver. He didn’t see much action last season, but did appear in 3 games and ended the season with a 42-yard reception in the Browns’ final game.
Now that he is one year smarter at his new position, not to mention his skills are one year sharper, Pryor might get a chance to prove what he has been working so hard on. Browns’ head coach, Hue Jackson, has been very impressed with Pryor for the work he has been putting in this offseason.
In addition, Terrelle Pryor has also come out and stated that he is a lot more prepared this season. During this year’s OTA’s (organized team activities), Pryor gave fans something to look forward to:
“[I’m] 10 times [better than last year]. I look at the film and it amazes me, and I give that to Saunders, because just sitting there and doing the extra meeting time with him and him really breaking down certain routes to me and how he wants them run, it’s awesome.”
It seems there is quite a bit of optimism for Pryor and his role on the Cleveland Browns. Who knows, maybe this former college quarterback star can really make the transition to an effective wide receiver.
This just goes to show that plans may change, but that doesn’t have to put an end to your ultimate goals and dreams.
Kudos to you, Terrelle Pryor.
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