Despite recording a 1,000-yard season in 2016, new Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. wants to continue to grow after converting from quarterback.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. has come a long way from his initial entry into the NFL in 2011.
After entering the NFL’s supplemental draft in August of that year, Pryor Sr. was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round.
He would experience mixed results under center, throwing for nearly 1,800 yards and rushing for 576 more in his lone season as a full-time starting quarterback in 2013. But he also accumulated more interceptions (12) than touchdown throws (nine) with the Raiders.
Pryor Sr. was released after the 2014 season and bounced around the league with offseason stints with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. All ended with him being let go after only a few months.
The day after his departure from the Bengals, Pryor Sr. decided to make the switch to wide receiver, knowing the prospect of his career lasting as a quarterback dwindling. It’s a move that few have ever made successfully, but you can Pryor Sr. as one that made it work.
During the 2016 season, Pryor Sr. – despite catching passes from five different quarterbacks – recorded 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns.
“It’s hard and I’m still learning,” Pryor Sr. said on “Redskins Nation. “On the visit I sat down with Coach [Jay] Gruden and Coach Ike [Hilliard] and we did some studying on things I could do better. I believe they have the ability and the coaching to take me to the next level which is where I am trying to go. I really believe in them.”
Entering only his third year as a wide receiver, the 27-year-old actually believes he’s a little bit of an advantage in his continued development at the position.
How? He knows what it’s like to be the player throwing the passes.
“I think it just helps me gain knowledge of the exactly what the coverages are,” Pryor Sr. said. “Just to help guys out and to talk or communicate with my teammates. I think that is a big plus and I’m looking forward to gaining that communication with all the other guys.”
At 6-foot-4, Pryor Sr. provides Washington a big-body threat opposite Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder. But the Ohio State product understands that you have to be more than just tall to be a capable receiver in today’s NFL.
“Your feet have to be quick but you have to have body control to know where you are going and to move the defender from where you want to go,” Pryor Sr. said. “The big body can shield them away from the ball. That’s part of the game that I bring but I also want to get a lot better with my feet to gain a lot more separation.”
As for his passionate style whenever he’s on the field, that comes from an upbringing where he had to earn everything he received.
“Growing up not having money and growing up being with my mom living check to check that fuels me,” Pryor Sr. said. “It fuels me to be great and great for my teammates because I know that the guys are counting on me just like I count on them as well.
“I’m willing to leave it all on the line and they’ll see that coming here soon. I really can’t wait for big plays and a lot of them.”