Terrelle Pryor, the former Cleveland Browns, and Washington Redskins wide receiver has the potential to become the New York Jets top target in 2018.
The New York Jets wide receiver room is tightly packed right now. 17 wide receivers are currently on the depth chart to be exact. It features a combination of former Jets draft picks, free agents, and practice squad level players. This gives the Jets depth at the position but also shows that they do not have a clear number one wide receiver as well.
Terrelle Pryor could possibly be “the guy” for the Jets this season though.
The former Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins wide receiver came over to the Jets via free agency in March. Pryor signed a one year $4.5 million deal with $2 million guaranteed.
Pryor signed the same type of one year prove it deal in 2017 with the Redskins after declining a multi-year deal from the Cleveland Browns. 2017 was a lost season for Pryor as an ankle injury in Week 2 shortened his season to nine games. Pryor finished with only 240 receiving yards and one touchdown. The ankle injury played a major factor in Pryor and then Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins not being able to establish any kind of connection.
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A big reason to believe Pryor can become the top wide receiver for the Jets this season is because of what he did in 2016. Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. Also, current Jets quarterback Josh McCown was Pryor’s quarterback in Cleveland for part of the season before McCown’s season was cut short due to injury.
If McCown and Pryor can rediscover their connection that helped Pryor become a 1,000-yard receiver, the Jets will have made the most of their low risk-high reward acquisition. In an article written by Brian Costello of the New York Post, Jets head coach Todd Bowles had some good things to say about acquiring Pryor:
“Hopefully he’s healthy and he’ll come in and repeat what he did two years ago. Obviously, two years ago he was a beast. He’s a big receiver. He’s very talented. Has a clean bill of health. I want to see him run around and create competition.”
Competition usually brings out the best in people and the Jets are hoping it will bring out the best in Pryor. If Pryor can give the Jets his best, then the team will have their number one wideout they have been looking for the last couple seasons since his potential is sky high.