To say former Ohio State QB turned NFL receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. has had an up and down career, would be putting it mildly. After joining the NFL by way of the Supplemental Draft — thank you, TattooGate — he spent several seasons as a backup quarterback before making the transition to wideout in Cleveland.
It took some adjustment, but in 2016 he had a breakout year for the Browns, totaling 1,007 yards and four touchdowns on 77 catches. Importantly, this was under Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo who is now with the Jaguars — a relationship Pryor says adds familiarity and is helpful.
“It helps a lot,” Pryor told the media on Tuesday. “There are a couple of things I look at and say, ‘Flip’s trying to grow a little bit of that playbook.’ He’s a very sharp, smart guy. I love playing for him and always did.”
Pryor held out for a longterm, big money deal that never came to fruition following the 2016 season, and spent the past couple seasons bouncing from Washington to New York (Jets) and battling injury after injury. All told, in the past two seasons, Pryor only nabbed 36 receptions for 492 total yards and three scores, so there wasn’t an obvious landing spot for him this offseason.
“I was trying to wait for the right spot,” Pryor said, according to the team site. “Everybody was bothering me, ‘When are you going to sign? Are you playing?’ I was patiently waiting.”
Now, the former Buckeye says he’s 100% healthy and eager to get to work with his new quarterback, Nick Foles. Getting healthy has been a long process, and one that has kept him sidelined more than he would have liked the past couple of seasons.
“The problem for me the past two years was really my foot,” Pryor said. “After I tore my ankle two years ago, it was just so hard stopping and starting. Finally, it’s to the point where I have no pain and feel no stoppage on my ankle.”
But by the looks of things, he’s back to his old ways on the practice field.
Buckeye updates around the league
“What was most promising from last season is the speedy wideout got better as the year went along. Over the Panthers last five games he averaged four receptions for 59.6 yards per game. Pro Football Focus also highlighted his improvement as an outside wide receiver in 2018 when compared to his 2017 rookie season.”
“From a standpoint of ability, athleticism, power, speed, durability, his influence in the locker room, or whatever else you want to throw into the mix, there is no other player on the roster who clearly exceeds what Elliott brings to the table, and few that can even pull up a chair to be in the conversation.”
“Jenkins be fined a total of $88,650 if he misses next week’s minicamp (June 11 through June 13). His absence could send a message that he’s really serious about wanting a new deal.
“We’re in a league where everyone wants to be the best. Everyone feels like they’re the guy. That’s what this league is all about,” he said. “But when you think about speed, and you come to the New Orleans Saints, you think about one guy. When you think about the No. 1 receiver, you go to Mike (Thomas). We’ve all got our labels.”
“Shazier was named the winner of the George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers of America, which recognizes the person who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.”
Parris Campbell will be used like Keenan Allen. Reich and his OC were in SD when Allen arrived. https://t.co/zffWn25h1h— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) June 5, 2019
Practice ends with an unbelievable catch by Terry McLaurin from Haskins to score in the 2 minute.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) June 5, 2019
He reached right around Harris and somehow caught the ball through his body. Jaw dropping catch.