So far, both Terrelle Pryor and Johnny Manziel have found playing quarterback in the NFL much different than playing the position in college.
The Browns, who recently signed Pryor, are hoping he finds his niche as a NFL wide receiver, after failing to make it as a quarterback with four different teams. Former Ohio St. coach Jim Tressel coached Pryor in college and saw his talent firsthand. Not surprisingly, Tressel thinks Pryor can make the position switch.
“If anyone can, he can,” Tressel told WHBC in Canton, Ohio. “He certainly has tremendous athletic ability and a passion to help wherever he can be helpful.
“He’s got to play close attention and understand that he’s in a new world and he’s got to assume that he knows nothing. He’s also got to learn the intricacies of playing another position, and just understand that he’s working from the beginning and just work hard every day and believe in himself.”
At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Pryor has the size and speed to play wide receiver. But does he have the skill set to run precise patterns and catch the football consistently? Already 26 years old, Pryor will need to be a fast learner to stick on their 53-man roster.
Whether Pryor is still with the Browns by Week 1 remains to be seen. But if nothing else, watching Pryor catch passes from Manziel and the other Browns’ quarterbacks will add another interesting storyline to their training camp.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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