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, gathering 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 offensive 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 in order to gain familiarity with the offense, but there's reason to believe the 29-year-old will continue to see a substantial role moving forward. With second-year man 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 to be impeded. The horrid state of the Bills' passing game, however, could significantly hinder Pryor's ability to post useful production on a week-to-week basis.
This is a solid baseline for what can be expected from Pryor moving forward with his new team, as the lack of talent around him should keep Pryor involved while simultaneously limiting his production. Anyone counting on the big-bodied wide receiver in a revenge game against the Jets in Week 10 will be pinning their hopes on a touchdown, as Buffalo couldn't get a single receiver over 40 yards in this one.
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 remember that Nathan Peterman is doing the quarterbacking this week.
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