Terrelle Pryor entered the NFL as a quarterback, but after struggling to keep his roster spot with four NFL teams, the former Ohio St. star said he'd be willing to switch positions. So when he signed with the Browns in June 2015, it was as a wide receiver. He played in just three games last season, catching a single pass for 42 yards.
And while first-year coach Hue Jackson wasn't willing to say last month whether Pryor would play quarterback or receiver, Pryor happily spilled the beans while talking to reporters this week from OTAs.
"(I'm) 10 times (better than last year)," Pryor said Wednesday, via Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. "I look at the film and it amazes me, and I give that to (receivers coach Al) Saunders, because just sitting there and doing the extra meeting time with him and him really breaking down certain routes to me and how he wants them run, it's awesome."
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 233 pounds, Pryor, who once ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, is a big, fast target for Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III. Of course, he won't be mistaken for Josh Gordon anytime soon but Pryor is a) similar in size, and b) available. Gordon remains suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, though he could return to the team before the start of the season.
For now, Pryor is hoping to absorb as much as he can of Jackson's offense and have that translate to playing time in the fall.
"I feel like I'm there," he said. "I already transitioned. Now I'm really working on the skill, the details of running the routes and stuff like that. I feel great out there. It's definitely like second-nature now.
"It's my first offseason as a receiver. It hasn't even been a year yet since I did it. Obviously there's things I want to keep on working on and I will, and I'll get a lot better at it."
And Pryor has plans beyond making the gameday roster. He wants to send a message.
"I just really want to go beat up on some corners," he said. "Catch the ball over them, run past them, catch the ball stiff-arm them whatever, it doesn't matter. Every time I touch the field, practice, game, I'm going to bring high energy, high effort."