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Terrelle Pryor is a wise signing to bolster Jets offense

By Luis Tirado Jr.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Washington Redskins runs after his catch during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Washington Redskins runs after his catch during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are taking a chance on free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. If healthy, he can bolster their offense nicely thanks to everything he brings to the table.

When it was announced that the New York Jets came to terms with free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, it was met with mixed reviews. One side of the argument was that he’s always been known to get hit with injuries that either limit his ability to get the job done or have him miss too much game time. The other side of the argument was if he was brought in on a low risk/high reward kind of deal, it might work out in favor of the Jets.

At this point in time, the Jets made the right call here by doing just that. In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that the Jets signed Pryor to a one-year deal with nothing to lose. If it works out, great. If it doesn’t, the Jets aren’t committed past 2018.

If the Jets are lucky and get the player that Pryor once was back in the day, this move will end up being a big one. Even now, general manager Mike Maccagnan made the wise decision to take a chance on Pryor since he has the upside to be a difference maker. Especially this upcoming season since the wide receiver corps of the Jets might be drastically different come Week 1.

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It’s uncertain if Quincy Enunwa will be the same player after his devastating neck injury of last season that required surgery. Robby Anderson might not even be on the team if he’s suspended or if the Jets decide to cut him after his troubling offseason arrest. Jermaine Kearse should be back and the rest of wide receivers are unproven and still trying to make their marks like ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen.

Who knows what will transpire between now and Week 1 but it’s always good to have more options to work with. Pryor is coming off ankle surgery due to an injury he suffered last year with the Washington Redskins but the potential is absolutely there. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Pryor was the only bright spot on an abysmal Cleveland Browns team as to which he ended up having a 1,000+ yard season.

Pryor is fast, has experience at wide receiver and quarterback, and is looking to once again return to form. There is a lot to like about this latest free agent acquisition by the Jets but most of all, the fact that Pryor is ready to bounce back after a forgettable year in Washington. That’s some serious motivation heading into his first season with the Jets especially on an offense that needs more playmakers at wide receiver.

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