BEREA, Ohio — Terrelle Pryor is trying to reinvent his career with the Cleveland Browns, and so far, he’s earning rave reviews.
Browns wide receivers coach Joker Phillips said Sunday that Pryor certainly has the talent and willingness to succeed as a wide receiver in the NFL. Now, the 26-year-old former Oakland quarterback just needs to find the consistency in his technique.
“I don’t have to coach the alignments. I don’t have to coach assignment. I don’t have to coach adjustments,” Phillips said. “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.”
Despite the learning curve he faces, Pryor is turning heads in training camp — not just for his size, but for the skillset he is already displaying. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver towers over his teammates at the position, and all have been impressed with his work ethic thus far.
Head coach Mike Pettine added that he’s impressed with Pryor, but it’s still early.
“He doesn’t look out of place. It’s still very early, too early to tell, but he does not look out of place. He does some good things,” Pettine said. “He is just behind from the learning standpoint and the subtleties of playing receiver. If you had asked where he would be at this point, I would think we would all agree he is ahead of where we thought he would be.”
Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe even went so far to say last week that there was “no doubt” Pryor would make the final roster.