Terrelle Pryor Signs With Cleveland Browns
By Chase Ruttig
May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Terrelle Pryor (3) during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The saga of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his new career goal to make it back onto a 53 man roster as a wide receiver took a big step on Monday as a team stepped up to acquire the speedy former quarterback who told teams last week that he would be willing to make a position change if it would help boost his career.
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Agent Drew Rosenhaus informed teams the same day Pryor was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals that his client would be open to trying out his skills at wideout if a team was interested and the former Ohio State star didn’t have to wait long or travel very far to join his new team. The Buckeye moving from one Ohio team to another after being shipped out by the Bengals.
The Cleveland Browns claimed Pryor off of waivers on Monday, a move that will be an interesting experiment throughout Training Camp for the AFC North team as they look to take a chance on a player who is 26 and has never played the position. Pryor’s athletic upside bringing him to Cleveland on a team that is light on talent at the receiver position.
Cleveland are dealing with the suspension of Josh Gordon and have been struggling to find playmakers at receiver beyond their troubled star for years. However even with a weak position group to make Pryor’s chances just slightly greater, it is very unlikely that a 26 year old quarterback is going to be able to make an impact.
Here is what MMQB.com’s Emily Kaplan had to say about Pryor’s slim chances of rejuvenating his career as a wideout:
"1) I think I have a hard time imagining Terrelle Pryor making it in the NFL as a wide receiver. The quarterback had been reluctant to the switch positions for years, and his sudden announcement reeks as a last-ditch effort to salvage his career after being discarded by his fourth team in five years (to be more specific, he was actually traded once and cut three times over the past 15 months). The Browns desperately need help at receiver and claimed Pryor off waivers on Monday. Though he looks the part—he’s 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, with long arms—wideout is a nuanced position that requires more than a certain body type and blazing speed. Molding Pryor into a receiver, at age 26, will be a huge undertaking and require tremendous patience. I don’t see him lasting."
Raiders fans who have supported Pryor after his release by the Raiders will be rooting on a player who was always a hard worker while he was in Oakland, but this last effort to continue his career is one that is high risk and low reward for the now former quarterbacking talent. It is unlikely that after switching to receiver that Pryor will get another quarterbacking role, even as a backup, so this may be one of his last chances to stay in the league. Just don’t expect the former Raider to come back to haunt Oakland anytime soon unless he comes out of nowhere to showcase receiver skills that nobody knows if he has or not.