For Terrelle Pryor, health will be a key ingredient to a potential 2018 rebound

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Last year, when receiver Terrelle Pryor opted for a one-year deal with Washington after generating more than 1,000 receiving yards with the Browns in 2016, many expected Pryor to explode in an offense run by a franchise quarterback in Kirk Cousins. Instead, Pryor regressed.

The key to a 2018 turnaround could be health. Pryor suffered an ankle injury in Week Two against the Rams, and the injury bothered him until he underwent season-ending ankle surgery in November.

Pryor had six catches for 66 yards in Week One. Thereafter, he didn’t do much, with a season high of 70 yards coming in Week Four against the Chiefs, which featured Pryor generating 70 yards and a touchdown on three catches against the Chiefs in prime time. For the year, Pryor had 240 receiving yards, on 20 catches.

Pryor reportedly makes his first visit today to Seattle, a team that once gave him a shot at playing quarterback. The Raiders, who acquired Pryor in the third-round of the 2011 supplemental draft, traded Pryor to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick in 2014. Pryor lasted until the final roster cuts, competing as a backup to Russell Wilson.

By 2016, Pryor was a full-time receiver. He has remained in that role ever since, and now the guy for whom Pryor once was hoping to be an understudy may be catching passes from him.

The top receivers in Seattle are Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. Paul Richardson left via free agency last week to Washington, Jaron Brown recently signed from Arizona as a free agent, and Marcus Johnson joined the team as part of the Michael Bennett trade.

17 responses to “For Terrelle Pryor, health will be a key ingredient to a potential 2018 rebound

  1. As a Raiders fan watching him scramble & create on the fly made it obvious he could be their next great TE. He weighed 235 then & even at 250 & 6’5″ or 6’6″, no LB in the league could stay w/ him.

  2. If he had a true franchise QB passing to him in DC he would have done well!!! But instead he had a stats padder who barely threw the ball in Pryors direction after he dropped a pass.. The same guy, Pryor, put up 1000 yards with 5 different QB’s in Cleveland the year before. Gets with Cousins and suddenly its Pryors fault alone. I mean the truth leaves evidence: 5 different QB’s Pryor performs-get with Cousins-Pryor becomes a bust (one who gets few passes thrown his way and zero LEADERSHIP from his self serving QB!!!!

  3. In his short time on the Chiefs he showed what a great guy he is. He made it a point to spend time at the KU Med Center visiting sick kids etc. He proved that he’s a good human and regardless of where he ends up he deserves to do well.

  4. Pryor is an untalented fraud. I hope he fails for the rest of his sorry career. What a disgusting, gutless player he is.

  5. No more an issue for Pryor than anyone else. He would have played on the ankle the rest of the year under different circumstances…that’s not why he was placed on IR.

    He had already been phased out of the offense and they wanted the roster spot. Hell Cleveland tried to trade for him in November at the trade deadline. Only after the deadline passed did they place him on IR.

    As the article mentions, his season high in receiving yards was 2 weeks after the injury…

    He was a bad fit in DC. It happens.

  6. ldloudin says:
    March 18, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    As a Raiders fan watching him scramble & create on the fly made it obvious he could be their next great TE. He weighed 235 then & even at 250 & 6’5″ or 6’6″, no LB in the league could stay w/ him.

    ——

    Why on earth would you take a guy who has a mature body frame and 4.38 speed and then ask him to *gain* weight????

  7. Thetruthis says:
    March 18, 2018 at 5:03 pm
    If he had a true franchise QB passing to him in DC he would have done well!!! But instead he had a stats padder who barely threw the ball in Pryors direction after he dropped a pass..

    Umm….it was more than just “a” pass. Dude had stone hands. But that doesn’t fit your anti-Cousins rant I guess.

  8. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    March 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm
    Pryor is an untalented fraud. I hope he fails for the rest of his sorry career. What a disgusting, gutless player he is.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Your new name is dopey, LogicalVoice.

  9. Cleveland fan here. I watched every TP play. He never had problems with his hands. He made big plays on one cut routes but had no yards after the catch. Oh, by the way, the browns just gave up picks and 8 figures to Jarvis Landry who has the same atrenghts and weeknesses.

    TP is a solid receiver with hands and wheels. Would be happy to have him replace Corey Coleman.

  10. I think the dude would be a great life for Wilson. If he learns from Baldwin and Lockett how to break off a route when Russ scrambles, at his size he could be a great get. Wide receiver or tight end, where I would like to see him. Have Dickson and Pryor on the field at the same time and let Russ light it up!

  11. It amazes me that everybody remembers Pryor had 1000 yards, but forgets that he was targeted 140 times in an offense almost completely devoid of other receiving options. He caught only 55% of his targets. Pryor’s been consistent for two years, which is why he fell down the depth chart in Washington, unreliable and not likely to change.

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