Cleveland Browns receivers coach Joker Phillips met with the media after Sunday's training camp practice and spent a lot of time talking about Terrelle Pryor. Here's what he had to say.
On hardships shorter WRs face:
"Last year, I'm sure you guys thought there were some hardships when Taylor Gabriel came in here and a few years ago when Andrew Hawkins went to Cincinnati I'm sure people thought that. I don't think there are any. I'm not a big guy so I'm kind of biased to the little guys some times. Plus, we want the best guy that can help us win. That's the deal here. We want the best guy that can help us win, can be productive outside and can help us win, regardless of size."
On his early impressions of WR Terrelle Pryor:
"One thing you see about him and everybody, I'm sure, when we signed him thought 'how willing is he to be a receiver?' He's all in. The guy is starving to be taught the techniques. There isn't a lot of teaching, and the good thing on my behalf is that he knows the system; he played in the system with Flip (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo). I don't have to coach the alignments. I don't have to coach assignment. I don't have to coach adjustments. All I can coach is technique on the young man, and he's really willing. When I talked to him right after we signed him, he was already working with some quality guys. Now, I'm just trying to teach him our techniques and how to play the game."
On Pryor having to make reps count in practice:
"It's not just him. They all do. They all do. Reps are limited. We have 13 receivers outside so when you get reps, you have to make them count. It's not just Terrell, it's everybody in the room."
On Pryor's hands:
"He's handled the ball, obviously. I think has really, really good ball skills, has really strong hands. He's able to pluck the ball. He's not a body-catcher, although I'm never going to complain for a guy catching the ball in his body, but he's not that. He's got really natural ball skills. His hand placement is correct majority of the time. That's not the issue. Again, I don't have to coach that. I don't have to coach assignments. I don't have to coach alignments. I don't have to coach the ball skills. I have to coach the techniques and running routes and how to carry yourself outside.”
On if Pryor has been picking up the WR technique:
"He is. He is. We do some extra work after practice and we do some before practice. One thing is, this group tries to help everybody and I really enjoy that, I enjoy seeing that as a coach. That's what you want to do. Sometimes you see a guy and they say, 'Man, I appreciate what you've done.' No, I don't need any appreciation; I need you to pass it down to someone else. That's what these players are doing. The defensive backs are doing it with Terrelle, grabbing him before practice. All we want is a guy that can help us win games here and that's the main goal."
On his early thoughts on Gabriel in his first year working with him:
"He's a guy that you can really feel his speed on the field. I've been on the field with some guys that have great speed, but you really couldn't feel their speed when you're on the sideline. You can really feel this guys speed when you're on the sideline. It happens so effortless, too. Nothing moves, everything's in line when he's running, and he's got really good ball skills. That is the thing you can kind of have concerns with a fast guy—can he catch the ball on the run? Does he have to slow it? The guy does a really good job putting his foot in the ground and creating separation. He does a really good job of catching the football. Hopefully, he'll be a bigger hit this year."