The former Ohio State quarterback-turned-NFL receiver, Terrelle Pryor Sr. has reportedly agreed to join the New York Jets, according to multiple sources, including Sports Illustrated. The terms for the new deal have not yet been announced. A year after signing a one-year “prove it” deal with Washington, the Buckeye will now try and repeat his 1,000-plus yard season from 2016.
Terrelle Pryor has reportedly agreed to sign with the Jets https://t.co/OXZJ8clpRp— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 23, 2018
The former electric Ohio State quarterback is yet another move in an interesting free agency period for Gang Green. In addition to signing former Viking QB Teddy Bridgewater, the Jets made a massive move to get Indianapolis’ third-overall pick in this spring’s draft. Like Bridgewater— who has effectively been out since before 2016 season with a torn ACL— Pryor will be looking to rediscover previous NFL success.
Pryor has been a bit of a question mark throughout his NFL career. From earning his first spot on a roster via the Supplemental Draft, to making the change from quarterback to receiver, nothing that the former OSU star has done so far in the league has been typical. He played his first three seasons as a QB with the Oakland Raiders (2011-2013), went unsigned in 2014, and then came back as a wideout for the Cleveland Browns (2015-2016).
His 2017 season was a bit disappointing, with the Buckeye playing in only nine games (starting two) and claiming just 240 receiving yards and one touchdown on 20 receptions. Pryor finished last season on IR after undergoing surgery on his ankle, but the injury wasn’t the reason for his surprisingly low stats. The preseason bro-sessions with then-Washington QB Kurt Cousins didn’t translate to the regular season, and eventually he saw just a couple of targets per game.
While he hasn’t had the most success at his position, Pryor has seven years of NFL experience, and an athletic upside that was highlighted during his 2016 campaign with the Browns. The wideout finally learned how to use his incredible size to beat DBs on various routes, but with particular success with contested catches on the outside. Pryor’s size and athleticism were on particular display during his efforts to move the chains, claiming a 13.1 and 12.0 yards per catch average in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
He’s still an interesting signing, and will need to really establish himself as someone who can consistently produce if he’d like to keep a roster spot beyond 2018.
Buckeye Free Agents
|Nate Ebner||FS||28||NE||Re-signed (NE)|
|Carlos Hyde||RB||26||SF||Signed (CLE)|
|Jake McQuaide||LS||30||LA||Re-signed (LA)|
|Jack Mewhort||G||26||IND||Re-signed (IND)|
|Andrew Norwell||G||26||CAR||Signed (JAX)|
|Terrelle Pryor||WR||28||WAS||Signed (NYJ)|