"[Terrelle] Pryor thinks all the work will pay off. He just doesn't know when."
- Ashley Fox, ESPN.com
After being released by the Cleveland Browns on September 10th, after it appeared he would make the team, Terrelle Pryor has yet to find work in the NFL. He had one week that had a stretch of workouts that included visits to the New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco, 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Giants. None of those workouts resulted in a contract offer for the quarterback turned receiver. While you would think that this would keep Pryor down, he and his agent Drew Rosenhaus are still optimistic.
They should be. Pryor has an NFL wide receiver's frame. Pryor stands at 6-foot-5, and has run a 4.4 in his 40-time. He worked with Randy Moss, among others in the offseason, so he has been coached up perhaps as well as you could be at the position. It just hasn't worked out for Pryor. Part of it has to do with the fact that Pryor is not eligible to be on a practice squad, and at this point in the season where you have to have your 53-man rosters, teams don't really want to fill one of those spots with somebody like Pryor who will take work. That's not to say he isn't talented, but practice and a game are two entirely different situations, especially at the NFL level.
"My responsibility is just to kind of show him the little intricacies of the game. Making the right reads with certain match-ups that he might have. To educate him on some of these little tendencies that I've known since I've been in the league."
- Kobe Bryant, via Serena Winters, Lakers Nation
The Lakers open up their season Wednesday night, and D'Angelo Russell will be in the starting lineup for the Lakers. Russell was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, one of the deeper drafts in recent times. Russell is expected to be the future of a Lakers franchise that has seen many Hall of Famers step on the floor, and Russell has the opportunity to learn from one that will grace the hall one day himself, Kobe Bryant.
Per Winters, Bryant said that he didn't need to school Russell on his work ethic, as he stayed 45 minutes after practice working on his game. It was about the little things of the NBA game that he felt that he could help get Russell an edge on, and other things that Russell would pick up in time playing the NBA game. While it wasn't a certainty of whether or not Russell would start in the first game, coach Byron Scott said that he would make the best decision for Russell, which was also the best decision for the team. That should give Russell confidence in knowing he is the best man for the job.
"His mind was clouded with thoughts of trying to please everyone, and somewhere along the line, Washington lost the player he once was."
- Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group
Adolphus Washington hadn't quite hit his stride until this season, but he really hit that stride this year. Landis talks about a meeting that Washington had with his father, Urban Meyer, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson, where coach Meyer expressed the need for Washington to be better. The Buckeyes knew they had a great talent in Washington, and had produced great defensive linemen in the past, it just wasn't clicking with him. But now, the Buckeyes are getting what they need out of him, and it's paying dividends.
Washington almost left the Ohio State program a few years back, but his dad talked him out of it. He's one of the best prospects to ever come out of his home on the west side of Cincinnati. His first offer came from Cincinnati when he was in the ninth grade when Brian Kelly was still the head coach. Washington was always destined for great things, and he has been able to reach them at Ohio State. In eight games this season, he has 37 tackles, with 5.5 for loss, and 3 sacks. He has been one of the key pieces to an Ohio State defense that is one of the best in the nation.
"The 6-foot-5, 265-pound redshirt freshman defensive end was part of Ohio State's kickoff unit at Rutgers on Saturday, which looked a little bit like putting Greg Oden on a 400-meter relay team."
- Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group
You may have noticed this past Saturday that redshirt freshman standout Sam Hubbard was on the Buckeye kickoff unit this past Saturday, which was a bit of a surprise. Most guys on your kickoff unit are of a much smaller stature. But Hubbard is a guy that can do it all, and is willing to do whatever it takes to help out his team.
Hubbard said that Urban Meyer needed somebody to step in, as the team was short on bodies, and Hubbard stepped up to the plate as he always does. Since he started playing football, he has made the transition from tight end, to linebacker, to defensive end. He stepped in and filled a huge void for the Buckeyes when Joey Bosa was suspended for the first game, and you could barely notice the difference. Whatever is needed for the Buckeyes, you can almost be certain that Sam Hubbard can help in some type of way.
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