This afternoon, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine spoke about the progress made by quarterback-turned-wide-receiver Terrelle Pryor, hinting that Pryor could see the field this Sunday for his first NFL snaps as a wide receiver.
It’s been a long adventure for both Pryor individually and the Browns collectively to get to this point. Pryor has not played a regular-season NFL snap since 2013, when he started nine games for the Oakland Raiders with a 3-6 record. In the offseason before the 2014 season, the Seattle Seahawks traded a seventh-round pick for Pryor, giving the quarterback preseason snaps before ultimately cutting him. This offseason, Pryor has spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, and then the Browns, who cut Pryor in September before re-signing him this month.
In addition to missing star wideout Josh Gordon for the entire season, the Browns enter their Sunday match-up against the San Francisco 49ers with Andrew Hawkins (27 receptions; 276 yards) out; Travis Benjamin (54; 823) questionable; Taylor Gabriel (26; 223) questionable; Brian Hartline (38; 416) questionable, and tight end Gary Barnidge (60; 817) questionable.
Incredibly, even though the team has cycled through three starting quarterbacks this season — Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, and Austin Davis — the team still ranks 13th in the league in total receiving yards.