The Cleveland Browns are 0-3 to start the year. But one of the bright spots so far has the development of Terrelle Pryor "the wide receiver". And its been fantastic to see. Last year the 6'4 Pryor was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati back when he was still a quarterback and its weird to see how things come full circle.
Back in 2011, Browns current head coach Hue Jackson was the head coach in Oakland when Pryor was drafted in the supplemental draft. He was the backup quarterback for Jason Campbell and Carson Palmer. Now its not like Pryor didn't have success as a quarterback. He had a record of 3-7 with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions in two seasons as a starting quarterback. He also set the record for the longest running touchdown run by a quarterback, with a 93 yard run against Pittsburgh back in 2013. But in 2014 he was traded to Seattle for a seventh round pick and was cut during training camp. Then signed with Kansas City in January of 2015 but was cut four months later.
Last May, when Jackson was the offensive coordinator for the Bengals before coming to Cleveland, Pryor signed with the Bengals during mini-camp. Jackson mentioned to Pryor that playing receiver could prolong his NFL career...and boy was Jackson right.
This breakout game was so important for Pryor for a few reasons. First off, The Browns needed someone at receiver to step up in the absence of Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon. Second, it proved that Terrelle Pryor, the athlete, has a future at receiver. And third, it shows that players trust head coach Hue Jackson. Like I stated before, Jackson was one of the main people to bring up the position change to Pryor.
I'm not sure when the Browns should start talking contract extension with him, but lets hope his connection with Coach Jackson and the Browns willingness to take a chance on him at wide receiver will keep him in Cleveland for the long term.