Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is in the midst of a major position change as he tries to extend his NFL career. There have few opportunities for Pryor behind center as he’s bounced around from the Oakland Raiders to the Seattle Seahawks to the Cincinnati Bengals. After being cut by the Bengals over the summer, Pryor pledged to become a full-time wide receiver and was subsequently picked up off waivers by the Cleveland Browns in early June.
Since then, it’s been nothing but work for the Pennsylvania native. He spent most of the off-season in North Carolina working with Randy Moss, one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL history. Pryor’s Instagram page is full of photos and videos of the training he’s been putting in, from footwork drills through speed ladders and around cones to working on his routes and cuts before hauling in a pass.
The athleticism is clearly there, and Pryor looks to be in fantastic shape. For a guy who once told the Seattle media that he “had no idea how to catch,” the above video of him snagging a one handed catch across the middle of the field seems to indicate otherwise.
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Here’s another video of some nifty one-handed grabs, presumably from a JUGS machine. Catching doesn’t appear to be much of an issue for Pryor, though it’s one thing to do it alone in an open field and quite another to do it during a game with a cornerback draped all over you. Still, the physical tools look good. Whether Pryor can showcase them during the Browns training camp, which begins next week, will be a true test of whether he can continue his NFL journey into the regular season.
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Pryor’s latest video showcases his footwork as he flies through a series of cones. His feet are quick for a guy his size. Pryor stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 235 pounds, which would make him as one of the biggest and most physical wideouts in the league. And he even caught a touchdown pass once, running a fade route into the end zone during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl against Texas.
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But questions remains. Can he get open? Will his routes and cuts be quick and crisp enough to create separation? We’ll see soon enough. But if Pryor doesn’t pan out as a wide receiver, it won’t be for lack of training.