In the weeks leading up to training camp, Redskins Insider JP Finlay will look at specific people facing increased pressure for Washington's 2017 season.
Pressure Point: Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor
Heat is on: At almost any job in the world, $6 million per year is a ton of money. Even among the heightened salaries of the NFL, $6 million is a lot of money.
For Terrelle Pryor, it's likely less than he was expecting.
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Pryor posted more than 1,000 receiving yards last season playing on an awful Browns team. He caught 77 passes from a collection of bad quarterbacks, and in flashes, showed elite potential as a big, physical wideout.
Still, the best offer he found in free agency this offseason came from the Redskins in the form of a one-year, $6 million deal.
Coming to Washington presents Pryor with the opportunity to show he has developed into a true receiver after a lifetime of playing quarterback. He will get every opportunity, locked into the X receiver role in the Redskins pass-first offense.
Last season, Kirk Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, but this offseason, he lost nearly 40 percent of that production when DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left via free agency. Pryor was brought in to offset much of that loss.
At 6-foot-5, with top end speed, Pryor could help the Redskins up and down the field and particularly in the red zone. Cousins will need the help, as scoring touchdowns was a struggle for the 'Skins in 2017.
If the Redskins are going to get back into the playoffs this season, a big year from Pryor must be a big part of the success.
For Pryor, meanwhile, the path to a major payday likely runs through a big season and a playoff performance.
The Redskins need a lot out of Pryor, and Pryor needs to post a big year for the Redskins. Pressure is on.
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