In the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, the Oakland Raiders spent their third-round pick on Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Hue Jackson was the head coach when the decision was made, but was fired during the season.
Things didn’t exactly go well for Pryor either, as he hardly saw the field in his first season.
Since, Jackson and Pryor have been reunited by way of the Cleveland Browns but there’s just one small difference this time — Pryor is now a wide receiver. It’s a big change, but Jackson is pleased with what he’s seeing.
Jackson claims to have seen drastic improvement in Pryor so far, and credits receiver coaches Al Saunders and Bob Saunders. Jackson also seems to believe that his previous experience running an offense with Pryor in it will be beneficial to the QB turned WR, even despite the position change.
“I think he kind of knows this system,” Jackson said, via NFL.com.
“He’s been around it a little bit. He knows what to expect, what to do, what not to do. The biggest thing, I think, that he’s done is he’s settled down and understands this is really what I want to do and I want to be good at it. ‘I’m athletic enough to do it. What’s my why? Why do I want to do this? Do I want to be great at this?’ My challenge to each and every one of these guys is to be great at what you do, not just be average, it’s to be great. He’s working at it. I think we all see it. I think he’s growing every day and getting better every day, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Pryor still has a ways to go before becoming a respected wide receiver in the NFL, considering that he caught just one pass last season. But it’s clear the Cleveland is confident in the direction he’s headed in, and we can expect him to play a larger role in the Browns’ offense this season.
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