The Jaguars field Terrelle Pryor, potential at wide receiver
The Jaguars look to bolster depth and potential with another ‘potential’ guy in wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, but can it work?
After the recent signing of former college quarterback star and former Cleveland Browns 1,000-yard wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, Jaguars fans wonder if they are getting a gift they may never get to open or the guy that had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2016 in Cleveland.
Top-paid wideout Marqise Lee tore his ACL in the 2018 pre-season and the Jaguars seemingly lost the ability to field a thousand yard1,000-yard receiver. Dede Westbrook emerged as a high-potential, decent production guy in an offense that truly looked confused. Yet, with hopes of the run game returning to dominant fashion and new quarterback Nick Foles fielding an actual passing game, the offense sits with potential for a 1,000-yard pass catcher to emerge.
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Could it be the returning Lee, the emerging Westbrook, or the wild-card selection of Pryor? Well, Pryor is the only one to actually have a 1,000-yard season on his resume.
Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 228 pounds, Terrelle Pryor will always entice with insane athleticism. After some time in Oakland, he took to Cleveland and….it worked. In his second season in Cleveland and the only 16 game season of his career, Pryor caught 77 balls for just over 1,004 yards and four touchdowns.
With a history of being a great athlete, Pryor has somehow fallen into the old adage of “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.” The Redskins lost Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the same off-season and looked to newly established Pryor to fill a void. And $8 million dollars later, Pryor was convinced to stay. Unfortunately for the Redskins Pryor had less receiving yards in nine games than Peyton Manning has running yards in his career – 667 for Manning believe it or not.
After Washington, Pryor spent some time teasing fans with his unlimited potential, only to disappoint. Jets and Bills fans alike can attest to getting all excited like Jaguars fans might do now, then getting very disappointed and some just downright angry.
Terrelle Pryor, as a quarterback, took a bit of time to transition to wide receiver. From a technical standpoint, it’s wild to suggest any lifelong signal caller would immediately become better at a new position but he tried. The result so far remains many disappointing seasons and one that shocked the world and put him at the front gate of the superstar contract.
Nick Foles and John DeFilippo may save the Jaguars offense. DeFilippo worked with Pryor on the offensive staff in Cleveland the year that Pryor had his best season. It’s quite possible they can get something out of Terrelle Pryor because relationships affect teaching and understanding of the game of football.
Here’s to success. Let’s hope the Jaguars find it.