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True or False: Terrelle Pryor will be Redskins leading receiver

True or False: Terrelle Pryor will be Redskins leading receiver

After losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon via free agency, the Redskins signed Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal. Washington hopes Pryor can offset at least half of the loss from Jackson and Garçon, but the team and player likely want even more production.

True or false: Terrelle Pryor will lead the Redskins in receiving yards.

JP Finlay: True

Terrelle Pryor posted impressive stats last season in Cleveland, but they're also tough to project from for the 2017 season. Clearly the best wideout among the Browns options, Pryor was thrown to more than 140 times en route to his 77 catch, 1,007-yard season. 

Considering he caught about half of the balls thrown his way, he might not be the elite receiver many are expecting. On the flip side, considering he caught even half the balls the terrible Browns QBs were throwing, he could be poised for an explosion in the Redskins mature offensive scheme run by Kirk Cousins. 

The hardest part of locking in Pryor as the Redskins leading pass catcher in 2017 will be the internal competition he's going to face. Jamison Crowder looks poised for his first 1,000-yard season after getting 847 yards in 2016. 

Jordan Reed certainly has the talent to lead the Redskins in receiving yards. His issue is health. Over the last two seasons, Reed has missed four games, but chatter around the team suggests Reed may line up more in the slot this year to try and limit some of the physicality playing on the line of scrimmage. 

For me, this is a two horse race. Crowder will start fast, like he did in 2016, especially considering Cousins already has a ton of trust and familiarity with Crowder. Through the first nine games of last season, Crowder posted 535 receiving yards. Something similar would not be a surprise, but Crowder's last four games of 2016 he had just nine catches for 80 yards. 

Eventually though, when defenses start to key on Crowder, Pryor will get his chances. Maybe not as many as he got in Cleveland, but better opportunities in a better offense. 

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Rich Tandler: False

I liked the Pryor signing but I’m not as bullish on his prospects as Finlay and some others are.

For one thing, it sounds great to be a “1,000-yard receiver” but that’s not exactly a singular accomplishment. Last year, 21 other receivers gained more yards receiving than Pryor.

Yes, he deserves some extra credit because it was his first year as a full-time receiver. But something tells me that if Pryor had signed with, say, the Eagles, Redskins fans would be saying that now that other teams have a season of film on him they will figure out to stop him.

But the other thing about his 2016 season was that the Browns quarterbacks (yes, all five of them) had no other viable targets at wide receiver. Quarterbacks threw to him 140 times, almost twice as often as the next Browns wide receiver. Rookie Corey Coleman was second among the team’s receivers with 73 targets and 413 yards and Andrew Hawkins had 324 yards. They did have TE Gary Barnidge, who had 612 yards.

Still, that wasn’t exactly a target-rich environment for RG3, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, and company.

The situation is different in Washington. As JP noted, Crowder and Reed are both capable of 1,000-yard seasons. Given the trust that Kirk Cousins has in both of them, I think that Crowder definitely will get targeted more often than Pryor and Reed will be if he stays on the field. I think that while Pryor will be a strong contributor, the chances are that one of the holdovers will lead the team in receiving yards.


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Redskins make new hire at special teams coordinator, and he comes from Tampa Bay

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Redskins make new hire at special teams coordinator, and he comes from Tampa Bay

The Redskins announced the hiring of Nate Kaczor as their new special teams coach on Saturday morning. Kaczor will take over the role vacated by Ben Kotwica, who left Washington to take the same role in Atlanta.

Kaczor spent the last three seasons with the Buccaneers as special teams coordinator, but that coaching staff got let go this offseason. Prior to his work in Tampa, Kaczor coached in similar roles for the Titans and the Jaguars. 

It's not particularly easy to rank special teams, but Kotwica's groups did some things very well, particularly in punt coverage. Football Outsiders ranked all 32 special teams groups across the league based on a formula that combines field goals/extra points, kickoffs, kick returns, punts, and punt returns; The Redskins ranked 8th and Tampa ranked 29th. 

On the flip side, the Redskins had some of the lowest kick and punt return yardage in the NFL last season. The Redskins gained just 110 yards on all of their punt returns for the year. 

Head coach Jay Gruden spoke about bringing in Kaczor.

"We are excited to have Nate join our staff. We have had the opportunity to face his special teams play during his time at Tampa Bay and respected competing against him," Gruden said via press release. "He is a competitor and we have noticed and admired the intensity his units have played with through the course of his time as a special teams coordinator and assistant coach in the NFL."


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Kyler Murray is 'making a mistake' choosing football over baseball, according to Joe Theismann

Kyler Murray is 'making a mistake' choosing football over baseball, according to Joe Theismann

Joe Theismann wants Kyler Murray to have a "long, happy career" — as a professional baseball player.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, the former Redskins QB was asked what he thought of Murray's choice to pursue his NFL dreams over his MLB dreams for now. He didn't hold back.

"I think that he should choose baseball," Theismann said. "I think that he would struggle in the NFL."

As of now, many mock drafts are projecting the Heisman Trophy winner to be selected in the first round. His believers see him as an electric option who's entering a league perfectly suited for his skillset. 

Theismann is not in that camp, though.

"I understand a lot of guys work from the 'gun. You're away from the line of scrimmage," he explained. "But, sooner or later, defensive coaches in this league are going to figure out how to keep you in the pocket. And if you can't throw from the pocket, or you can't see from the pocket, it's going to become a problem."

Murray's height, which Theismann touched on, is a main concern for those skeptical of how he'd handle life in the NFL. Of course, being in the 5-foot-9 range matters far less on a MLB diamond.

Theismann also thinks that the Oklahoma product will need to be in an offense with a strong running attack. That's something any rookie passer needs to succeed, and without one, Theismann isn't sure if Murray can carry the load on his own.

In the end, Theismann told NBC Sports Washington that Murray is "making a mistake" by setting his sights on the gridiron. He simply doesn't see things going well for Murray as a signal caller.

"I think in professional football, it'll be a real challenge and an uphill climb for him to be able to do the things that he wants to do and a team wants him to do," he said.