Terrelle Pryor is much better than 2017, and Russell Wilson knows it

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Terrelle Pryor

CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 24: Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after defeating the San Diego Chargers 20-17 at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

 Why Terrelle Pryor will be better in 2018

It comes down to an injury. Pryor injured his ankle in the second game of the season. He played through it as long as he could, but finally agreed to shut it down and undergo surgery in November.

So that’s why Pryor’s game declined in 2017. He had six catches in the season opener against the Eagles for 66 yards. That game, his only healthy full game, is much closer to his production in 2016.  At 6’4″ and 233 pounds, he fits the prototype of the big wide receiver that Pete Carroll has wanted for, oh, just about forever. In essence, he’d replace Jimmy Graham as the tall red zone target. According to playerprofiler.com, Pryor had just two drops in 2016, and caught nine balls of a total of eleven contested targets. Yes, this man can play.

And now you have a better understanding of why Russell Wilson is pushing to get Terrelle Pryor to sign the dotted line with the Seahawks. Or it could just be that Wilson loved having him in Seattle in 2014, when Pryor was his teammate. Back then, Terrelle Pryor was still at quarterback. He struggled at the position in Seattle, just as he did everywhere else. Which is why after sitting out all of 2014, Pryor made the very un-Tebow-like decision to try another role.

He certainly broke out for the Browns in 2016. Now it looks like he has every chance to take the field again as an accomplished wide receiver. No wonder Russell Wilson wants him. We’ll see if something get done today in Pryor’s visit with the Seahawks.

 

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