Though he played quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Oakland Raiders, Terrelle Pryor is now in Cleveland Browns camp as a wide receiver because, as he recently joked, he “never had any QB skills.”
As was reported by Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot, Pryor was recently in practice and called upon to pass on a trick play.
The throw fell flat, and his teammates made fun of him accordingly.
Of course, Pryor took it all in stride.
Though we can all appreciate Pryor and his self-deprecating humor, the sad truth is that he’s right. Though he completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns in three years at Ohio State, while also rushing for 2,164 yards and 17 scores, he was never really what one would call an elite quarterback.
The solid numbers are the product of a college offense and when push comes to shove, at 6-foot-4, 223 pounds, he was really just a big guy who could throw respectably and use his legs.
All well and good on the collegiate level, but only a select few with a similar skill set succeed in the NFL today.
Considering how Pryor threw for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 56.3 percent of his passes and fumbling five times across 14 games for the Oakland Raiders, for whom he never really grasped the offense despite not having ideal talent around him, it’s pretty safe to say that Pryor won’t be playing quarterback in the NFL ever again.
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