Pryor caught all three of his targets for 49 yards in Monday's 48-17, Week 1 win over the Lions.
Pryor saw a fair bit of action with Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) unavailable, playing 24 of a possible 60 snaps. He finished second on the team in receiving yards, behind Quincy Enunwa's 63 but ahead of Robby Anderson's 41. Both of those other guys got into the end zone, though, suggesting Pryor shouldn't be looked at as more than the team's No. 3 wide receiver, even without Kearse.
Pryor is listed as the backup to Robby Anderson on New York's unofficial depth chart, but he figures to see a significant bump in action if Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) can't go in Week 1.
Quincy Enunwa is listed as Kearse's backup, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him shift mostly to the slot while Pryor picks up most of Kearse's would-be reps on the outside. Pryor battled injuries in a disappointing 2017 campaign, but the Jets are hoping he'll return to the form he showed in 2016, when he topped 1,000 receiving yards with the Browns.
Pryor made his first official reception in a Jets uniform count, hauling in a 12-yard scoring dart from Sam Darnold early in the second quarter to cap off a five-play, 47-yard scoring march. The 29-year-old had been nursing ankle and hip injuries all of training camp, so Friday's participation and success were especially encouraging. Given Pryor's upside and the $2 million he received in guaranteed money upon signing, a roster spot seems likely. However, he'll presumably begin the season no better than fourth on the wideout depth chart behind Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa, keeping his fantasy appeal to a bare minimum unless something drastically changes with the players in front of him.
Coach Todd Bowles said Pryor (ankle) will prove himself when he's at full health, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. "He's still coming around. We haven't seen him fully yet," Bowles said. "When he's healthy, he's got a proven track record. We just have to make sure he's healthy when we put him out there and let his natural athletic ability take over."
There's no doubt that Pryor can hang in the league after he caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Browns in 2016. He regressed in 2017, however, making 20 receptions for 240 yards and one score with Washington while QB Kirk Cousins threw him the ball. Once he's healthy, Pryor will need to prove himself quickly to climb the depth chart, since Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa all are back with the Jets after racking up over 55 catches and 800 yards each last season.
Pryor (ankle/hip) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Washington, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Pryor relayed Monday that he broke his ankle in May, which further explains his limitations at practice through camp thus far. Moreover, the wideout has had to contend with some hip issues as he gets accustomed to amping up his running. Pryor aims to play at some point in preseason, but for now, he'll continue to ease back into things by continuing to work on a controlled snap count at practice.
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