Terrelle Pryor is a project the Browns seem interested in working on because of his great size and tools. He had just one catch last year, a 42-yard bomb in Week 17, but it's a flicker of what he might become in Hue Jackson's creative Browns offense. Until we see reports about just how Pryor looks in training camp, his Fantasy value is limited to a late pick in dynasty/keeper leagues.
Pryor's explosiveness has caused coach Hue Jackson to search for ways to get him the ball, Cleveland.com reports. Pryor is trying to make the grade as an NFL wide receiver, and although his skills are rather raw and he obviously is inexperienced after coming up as a quarterback, his size and speed combination could add needed big-play ability to the Browns' offense. Knowing that, coach Jackson has already drawn up short passes and reverses to get him the ball in practice, but it remains to be seen if he can be trusted with a more balanced workload. As a result, Pryor's progress through training camp and the preseason should be worthwhile to monitor, particularly given the Browns' seemingly wide-open competition to fill out their receiving depth chart.
Pryor is working as a wide receiver at the Browns' voluntary minicamp, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Pryor hasn't played quarterback since 2014, and he'll probably spend the remainder of his career -- however long it may last -- strictly working as a wide receiver. With Josh Gordon (suspension) in danger of missing a second straight season, Pryor should have a real opportunity to earn a significant role with the receiver-needy Browns. He'll be competing against the likes of Andrew Hawkins (concussion), Brian Hartline and Taylor Gabriel, with a rookie or two likely also in the mix. It's unclear who will be under center, as the Browns currently have both Robert Griffin and Josh McCown under contract, and they may add another arm in the upcoming draft.
Coach Hue Jackson would prefer to assign Pryor a primary role before the start of the Browns' offseason practices, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Jackson and Pryor worked together with the Raiders in 2011, while Pryor was a QB, and the coach remains intrigued by Pryor's potential as both a receiver and signal-caller. We suspect that Pryor's best chance to make an impact with the Browns is as a wideout, but his versatility could be an asset to the team. "He's demonstrated the ability to play receiver, so to me he's a weapon," Jackson said of the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor. "He's somebody that we can do a lot of different things with and we'll see where fits here pretty soon."
Pryor, a restricted free agent, signed his qualifying offer with the Browns, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Pryor was a lock to return to the Browns, as any team that signed him would've had to provide a third-round draft pick for compensation. He may not be worth a mid-round selection, but Pryor could be headed for a strong training camp in his second season working strictly as a wide receiver. Of course, he'll likely have to compete for a roster spot, having caught just one pass in three games last season.
Pryor recorded his only reception of the season in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, a 42-yard fade from Austin Davis. Pryor had competed for a roster spot in camp, but was ultimately let go in favor of more experienced wide receiver options. When those options were severely depleted towards the end of the season, the team brought Pryor back to provide depth. He ended up with eight total targets over the three games in which he was active, but Sunday's catch proved to be the only play of the season in which he produced positive yardage. The converted quarterback will likely be a fringe roster option in 2016, whether it be in Cleveland or elsewhere. He has the size and skills to be a successful receiver in the league, but lacks experience at the position at this point in his career.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/09||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|8||10/30||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|12||11/27||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|16||12/24||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|3 Year Avg||3||0||14||0||0||0.00||57|