Things aren’t looking good for wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and his final roster spot on the New York Jets.
It appears the New York Jets hopeful offseason signing of wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has come to a tumultuous boiling point in the media capital of all professional sports. Expect the Jets to take the $2 million cap hit on his deal by releasing him before the season starts.
Pryor, unfortunately, chose to assert himself in front of the New York media spotlight on Monday during the second New York Jets joint practice session with the Washington Redskins. While in that spotlight, Pryor spoke about an undisclosed injury by saying he broke his ankle in May. Admitting that the injury happened during OTA’s when pressured by the persistently exertive New York media.
The former Ohio State star then went on to speak about how he was healthy but mentioned he actually broke his ankle in May, something that infuriated head coach Todd Bowles. The news did not sit well with Bowles, who is well known for not disclosing injuries to his players. The two then went on to have an engaging face to face meeting behind closed doors.
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Afterward, addressing the media, Bowles lashed out at Pryor’s confession. Pryor clearly violated a clubhouse rule when he spoke about an injury when he wasn’t supposed to in any way, shape, or form. Seldom have we’ve seen a joint practice so substantially heated as the Jets had with the Redskins this past engaging week. Not to mention, a player being disliked so passionately by an opposing team.
Pryor’s former teammates absolutely couldn’t wait to show the temperament displeasure they felt for him. Consequently, you can come to the conclusion Pryor’s behavior with the Redskins left his former teammates with an apparent sour taste in their mouths.
Moreover, and this is what will likely be the ultimate decision why the Jets decide to cut Pryor. During one scrimmage after Pryor had scored a touchdown, his new Jets teammates urged him to talk his own smack. Instead, the ex-Redskin dismissed his teammates’ requests and decided to take the high road. That is certainly not earning your teammates respect and will leave Jets players wondering why his former teammates in Washington have been afflicting so much disdain towards him.
Terrelle Pryor touchdown in red zone. Teammates urge him to talk his own smack. He walked right back to huddle instead #Jets
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 14, 2018
To conclude, a team that is looking to gel as one cohesive unit to begin the regular season can’t begin a season with a brand new player that has yet to suit up in a football game. There have now been two preseason games in which the supposedly “fully healthy” free agent has been ruled out as a scratch.
If Pryor is unable to suit up and play next week when the Jets face their in-house rival New York Giants, look for the team to move on without the sixth year pro. It would be best if the Jets continued looking at the players who are out on the field fighting for a roster spot instead of a player that has brought on unneeded attention. It certainly will not just be handed to a player who has been unable to obtain the respect from the Jets coaching staff and players.