Pryor recently worked out for the Lions, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Detroit had a need for some extra wideout depth with Marvin Jones (knee) ruled out for the Week 11 matchup with the Panthers, but the team ultimately decided to promote Andy Jones from the practice squad to fill the void rather than signing Pryor. The 29-year-old should continue to garner more workout invitations in the weeks to come, but it's hard to see him capturing a meaningful role with any team after both the Jets and Bills -- which own two of the weaker receiving corps in the NFL -- chose to drop him from their rosters earlier this season.
The Bills released Pryor on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Pryor's run in Buffalo will end after two games. In the first one (Week 9 against the Bears), he hauled in just two of five passes for 17 yards while logging 83 percent of the offensive snaps. This past Sunday versus the Jets, his workload experienced a significant cut to 43 percent of the snaps on offense, as he gathered in none of his three targets. The experiment clearly didn't go as planned, and the Bills will instead rely on a cadre of young pass catchers moving forward. Pryor will return to the workout circuit as he seeks another opportunity.
Pryor failed to record a reception on his three targets in Sunday's win over the Jets. Pryor was nowhere to be found against his former team, logging only 31 offensive snaps (42 percent) after leading Bills wideouts in reps just a week prior. Given the inconsistency of his snap counts, Pryor won't attract much fantasy attention once the Bills return from their bye next week.
Pryor started and played 75 of a possible 91 offensive snaps (82 percent) in Sunday's 41-9 loss to the Bears, finishing with two receptions for 17 yards on five targets while losing a yard on his lone carry. Despite having not played in a game since Oct. 14 while recovering from a groin tear that eventually prompted the Jets to release him, Pryor led all Bills wideouts in snap share in his team debut. The fact that Buffalo faced a 28-0 halftime deficit likely influenced coach Sean McDermott's decision to keep Pryor on the field throughout an otherwise meaningless second half, but there's reason to believe the 29-year-old will continue to see a substantial role moving forward. With Zay Jones having yet to develop into a reliable cog and the Bills' remaining depth options either lacking in upside (Andre Holmes) or extremely green (rookies Ray-Ray McCloud and Cam Phillips), Pryor's path to regular snaps doesn't seem impeded. The horrid state of the Bills' passing game, however, could significantly hinder his ability to provide useful production.
Pryor, signed by the Bills on Tuesday, is not among the team's inactives for Sunday's game against the Bears. While Pryor is still learning the playbook and may be held out in certain sets, he's been saying his experience as a quarterback has helped in getting him quickly up to speed. With the Bills having the worst offense in the league to date, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a playmaker like Pryor on the field often in an attempt to get anything going. That said, it's hard for any player in this struggling offense to be consistency productive, and it's also worth noting it's Nathan Peterman under center this week.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||32||27.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||69||38||500||2||25||13.16||62|