A big question for the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp is whether Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback turned receiver, can be a legit wideout in the NFL. Pryor has taken advantage of his first full off-season as a wide receiver by working extremely hard to prove that he can be.
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The former quarterback switched positions two seasons ago right before training camp. He has definitely used his time wisely and has already wowed staff with his unbelievable work ethic.
“We’re really excited about him,” said Browns senior offensive assistant/wideouts coach Al Saunders. “He’s dedicated himself in the classroom, and his work ethic is better and better and better. His efficiency is better and better and better. I look forward to getting him in training camp and see where we can go from there.”
Pryor even impressed renowned NFL hand combat coach, Joe Kim, who is currently working with the Browns. Hand combat is huge for all positions, but especially for receivers, who need to beat press coverage from a corner to create space.
According to Kim, Pryor has some of the best hand combat skills he’s seen. “I had a player that I was very fortunate to work with last year, although he got hurt, [linebacker] Junior Galette in Washington. Junior was one of the most violent people I have ever done hand drills with. This Terrelle Pryor is right up there,” said Kim.
Here’s video of Pryor working with Kim. It makes us pity opposing cornerbacks.
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Pryor has also been using social media to show off his hard work and skills that he has improved on over the off-season. Recently, Pryor posted some videos to his Twitter showing incredible footwork and awesome one-handed catches.
Pryor’s hard work has already started to pay off. According to cleveland.com, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is already making special plays specifically targeting Pryor. We can’t blame him; Pryor’s 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame will be hard to stop.
Another factor that could lead to Pryor’s success at the new position is that he is still getting mentored by Randy Moss, one of the most talented wide receivers in NFL history. If anyone can teach him how to be a good receiver, Moss can.
We can’t say for sure that Pryor is going to be a successful receiver in the NFL. But what we’ve seen from his social media and what we have heard from coaches, the 27-year-old is going to be a must-watch in upcoming training camp and possibly the regular season.