Pryor set to return, resume quest to make successful position switch
The Terrelle Pryor Experiment is set to resume with the Browns as Pryor is due back at practice after missing 10 days with a hamstring injury, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Friday.
It’s good timing, too, for Pryor as the Browns travel to Rochester Aug. 17-18 for joint practices with the Bills, a setting that should provide him valuable live reps. Pryor made a strong first impression early in Browns camp in his first time ever playing wide receiver but has missed an intrasquad scrimmage and the team’s preseason opener.
He’s trying to crack a crowded receiver room, but at 6'4 he’s the biggest and maybe the fastest player in that room, so Pryor has to use the rest of the preseason to show the team’s decision makers he’s worth the investment and eventual roster spot. He’s not practice squad eligible because he played in 14 games at quarterback for the Raiders in 2012-13.
Pettine said the Browns aren’t expecting rookie running back Duke Johnson back yet from his hamstring injury, and that the target date for Johnson’s preseason debut is the team’s Aug. 29 preseason game at Tampa Bay. Incumbent runners Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have been unimpressive in camp, to the point that the team has acknowledged exploring the possibility of signing Ray Rice.