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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