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Terrelle Pryor: I don’t like being given anything

Terrelle Pryor


Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor says his hamstring injury leaves him at about 70-80 percent heading into Thursday night’s game, which is expected to be his first of the preseason and first since making the move from quarterback upon joining Cleveland this year.

Being less than 100 percent isn’t ideal for a player still trying to make the 53-man roster, something Pryor acknowledged when he quipped that he needed some of Russell Wilson’s “miracle water” to get him where he needs to be. Nanobubbles or not, Pryor’s chances of making the team are going to come down to the Browns’ decision about whether the limited player they have right now can be a dynamic player when healthy despite his lack of experience of the position.

Pryor isn’t thrilled that’s the case, because he says he wanted to earn his roster spot because of the work he’s put in to make the change rather than having the Browns roll the dice on his athletic ability.

“I don’t like being given anything. I do want to help the Browns,” Pryor said, via “If that’s the opportunity I have, cool, but that doesn’t excite me. That doesn’t say I’ve worked for it. When I get on the field I’d say I’m a great teammate. I spend a long time in the facility, I always ask questions, I try to be the best teammate, player I can be. But that doesn’t excite me because I want to earn everything I have or get.”

If Pryor does make the Browns, he can take some solace in the fact that his work ethic will be part of the equation because talent alone wouldn’t get him on the team if the Browns didn’t think he’d work hard enough to learn the receiver position. He can also take solace in the fact that he would have been off the roster long ago if not for the athletic ability that made the Browns wait on Pryor through his long absence from the field.