Organized team activities have kicked off around the NFL, but there was one face missing from the New York Jets in wide receiver Terrelle Pryor due to injury.
The tone for the New York Jets season has been set in the early stages of organized team activities. That tone? If the team doesn’t see a need for you, then you are expendable.
Just ask former Penn State Nittany Lion and second-round pick Christian Hackenberg. He never sniffed the field in his brief career with the Jets. So, this led to him being shipped out to Oakland for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick.
This Jets team is full of in-house, starting job battles. This means any player who may be looking to leapfrog another player in the depth chart would want to be at camp doing what they can to solidify that spot. Take the wide receiver position for example. The Jets brought in many receivers to join the team’s already existing group.
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The most notable addition to the receiving core was quarterback converted to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. The Jets inked him on a one-year, $4.5 million prove-it deal. He had formerly played with the Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and Washington Redskins.
There is no doubt that Pryor will compete for the No. 1 job. Robby Anderson is dealing with legal issues and Quincy Enunwa is battling back from an injury he suffered last year. However, the big-framed receiver was nowhere to be found at the start of OTAs due to an injury.
Pryor didn’t miss these workouts for any other reason other than he is banged up with an ankle injury. He suffered the injury in Week 2 of last season, which required arthroscopic surgery in November of last year. This is injury is something to watch because it has already been a lingering issue for Pryor.
What Does This Mean?
The Pennsylvania native will look to recover from this injury as fast as possible in order to compete for a big role in the Jets offense. He is still only two years removed from a 1,000+ receiving yard season. The Jets haven’t had such a season since Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker went off in the 2015 campaign.
Things could get interesting if this injury proves to nag Pryor longer because this could lead to him falling through the cracks of the Jets depth chart. While it was expected that he would need some time to recover from surgery, it still doesn’t mean other receivers like Enunwa, Devin Smith or ArDarius Stewart won’t find themselves assuming a larger role in Pryor’s absence.