Last year, Cleveland Browns fans were excited about Terrelle Pryor converting to wide receiver. Much of that was due to the lack of big, fast receivers on the team and the fact that Pryor was from THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
If we are being honest, Pryor looked as much like an NFL level WR as Tim Tebow looks like an MLB player. He was an freak athlete who had little clue how to actually do the work involved with that job.
This year, Pryor has looked like a real life wide receiver, although a very raw, young one. In Preseason, Pryor ability on the deep ball was great. He found separation against good competition, showed great body control and good hands.
Gordon is suspended for 4 games but that was expected. That allowed Pryor and Coleman to start on the outside, a pair of electric pass catchers that are inexperienced. In the first two games, with Griff and Josh McCown quarterbacking the team, Pryor has been targetted a team-high 17 times but has only caught 6 balls.
His 100 yards are second to Coleman, who has 7 catches for 173 yards and 2 TDs.
Today, in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, Coleman joins Griffin and McCown out with injuries. Gordon won't be back for two more games. Rookie QB Cody Kessler takes over the team, which doesn't seem to bode well for the passing game.
However, today could be "The Terrelle Pryor Game" as one of the lone weapons.
Expect Pryor to continue to be targeted highly by Kessler. His big frame gives the rookie a big target to focus on and have comfort with. His ability to get deep gives Kessler easy shots at big plays. To keep the defense honest, the Browns have to throw the ball deep and Pryor will be that target.
With a rookie QB, Head Coach Hue Jackson will want to create easy completions and first downs. Pryor will be targeted with WR bubble screens, quick slants and back shoulder throws. To get easy 1st downs, Pryor on end arounds, jet sweeps or even a WR pass could be a big part of the game plan.
Ghost motion from Pryor will also help open up running lanes for Duke and Isaiah Crowell.
At the end of today's Browns/Dolphins game, will we be talking about it being Pryor's game?null