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Terrelle Pryor wants to play with Kirk Cousins, 'would be an idiot' to think otherwise

Terrelle Pryor wants to play with Kirk Cousins, 'would be an idiot' to think otherwise

Terrelle Pryor signed with the Redskins last week, offsetting some of the loss from departed free agent WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. At 6-foot-5 and 230 lbs., Pryor is a physical beast that is just learning the receiver position after playing quarterback most of his life. 

Playing with Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins must be a positive for Pryor, who played with some bad passers last season in Cleveland. That said, it's still no guarantee Pryor will suit up next to Cousins this fall. 

"I would assume. I saw [Cousins] signed and stuff like that. But at the end of the day, I signed to be a Washington Redskin. It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, but I’m assuming. I’d love the opportunity to play with Kirk, without a doubt. He’s a great quarterback" Pryor said on a conference call with reporters.

It seems more thank likely Cousins will be the Redskins passer in 2017, but beyond that remains very much a question. And it's still possible the franchise agrees to trade their record holder for single season passing yards this offseason. 

With the signing of Brian Hoyer in San Francisco, some trade speculation has died off. Looking around the NFL landscape, few starting quarterbacks are available, even less of Cousins' caliber. It would not be a shock if a new team emerged in trade talks for Cousins, especially as teams get closer to the NFL Draft in late April and realize how raw most the rookie prospects are. 

Cousins or not, Pryor is happy to be in Washington. 

"I played with six quarterbacks last year. I don’t think it could get that bad."

Despite that, Pryor still caught 77 balls for 1,007 yards in 2016. With those type of numbers in a poor offense, Pryor said he was very excited to work in Jay Gruden's offense, and the chance to work with receivers coach Ike Hilliard.

Pryor explained that he wouldn't look back to his departure from the Browns, that his focus was on the Redskins and getting better. He also explained that he's already texted with Cousins and plans to work out with the quarterback and other wideouts this offseason. Of the franchise tag, Pryor said he assumed Cousins will be throwing him passes this fall when the games start. 

"Obviously, I would like to play with Kirk. I would be an idiot if I didn’t believe that. I think he’s a great quarterback and hopefully that’s what happens."


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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.


It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.


Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.


In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.