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Quotes to Note - The Wide Receivers

What we've been told about the pass catchers, including Pryor's chance at making the roster.

- On the depth and competition at the wide receiver position:
“We believe our receiver group is much better, deeper and talented than most know. We have an excellent mix of speed, quickness and experience in the group, that only continues to improve.”

- On why the organization waited so long to select a WR in the draft:
“There were a couple receivers we were looking at earlier in the draft, but not nearly as early as where we went with our first round selections - those were the two guys (Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving) we wanted and they were there for us. There was a receiver that went prior to our selection in the second round that we had some interest in, but we had OLB Nate Orchard rated highly and it was very unlikely we would have selected the WR above him.”

- On the lack of a big-play, over-the-top WR within the roster:
“I wouldn’t necessarily say this to be correct. We believe (Dwayne) Bowe is going to be a down-field threat, a season ago Taylor Gabriel showed the ability to make big plays down-field. We don’t feel getting the ball down the field is going to be a problem for us, but we have to have all facets of the offense working in unison.”

- On the development of WRs Josh Lenz and Shane Wynn in camp:
“Camp has been competitive, with many guys battling for an undetermined number of opportunities. We’re all about competition and getting the best players on the field. Lenz has been solid on and off the field, he runs routes well, and needs to keep working. As for Wynn, he may be small in stature, but this is one tough young man that is determined to play on Sunday - you have to appreciate the hard-work and effort he puts in everyday, he is the kind of guy you root for to make it — he remains in the mix.”

- On the training camp of rookie WR Vince Mayle:
“The injury issue (thumb) set him back early, but he has been coming along. With many guys, especially rookies, it takes a little time for them to react naturally, let the talent take over and just play the game. We see signs of this coming with Mayle, but has has to keep working to improve as a player. Joker (Phillips - WR coach) stays on him, works his technique, like coming back to the ball, getting his hands out - this really is a talented kid.”

- On the likelihood Terrelle Pryor will make the squad:
“That’s a tough call right to be perfectly honest. We are talking about an extremely talented, tremendously athletic player that is hunger to prove he belongs — he wants to play the game in the worst way. Though he has been sidelined from the practice field, he has shown us what he is capable of and works diligently on his game — he accepts coaching very willingly and is always watching how to play DBs. This may be the case where you find a way to keep a player due to his special ability.”


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