WR Terrelle Pryor - Cleveland Browns
|6-6, 233||Born: 6-20-1989||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 14: vs Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The last time these teams met, Kevin Hogan was pressed into service (12/24 for 100 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown, with 7/104/1 rushing) after Cody Kessler (9/11 for 82 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions) was forced out of the game with a concussion. At that point Hogan was the sixth quarterback to take snaps for the Browns during 2016. As of Tuesday, December 6 Kessler (126/192 for 1,369 yards passing, six TDs and two interceptions thrown, with 11/18/0 rushing so far this season) is listed as the starting quarterback on the unofficial Week 14 depth chart. However, the team has been making repeated noises about wanting to give Robert Griffin III (12/26 for 190 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with 5/37/0 rushing) another go as the starting quarterback - at mid-week, the starting quarterback situation is muddled in Cleveland. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the week goes along for the latest on this front. The Bengals are ranked 16th in the NFL averaging 251.0 net yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 22 sacks (tied for 24th) generated to date. From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Cincinnati has averaged 17.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fifth-least in the NFL); and 17.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-least); with 9.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (eighth-most). Most recently, Carson Wentz was held to 36/60 for 306 net yards passing, one TD and three interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -2 yards. This looks like a tough matchup for whoever the Browns decide to start at home on Sunday.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 12 vs NYG (12 / 6 / 131 / 0 rec)
Pryor posted yet another big game for the Browns. He could have had a much bigger game, but he failed to bring in a couple of catchable passes. Pryor drew a deep pass interference penalty in the second quarter when both he and Eli Apple leapt for a Josh McCown pass. Apple had Pryor's arm hooked and the referees caught it. The pass would have gone for 35 yards had Pryor brought it in. Pryor also came close to scoring on an end zone target in the third quarter, but it appeared that defender Janoris Jenkins got away with pass interference. Pryor's longest catch of the game came on a beautiful over the shoulder catch on a perfect pass from Josh McCown which went for 54 yards. The only complaint with Pryor's game in this one is that he frequently went backwards after catches. He has developed a habit of going the wrong way in attempts to create angles to pick up additional yards after the catch. It was nothing major, but he definitely gave back some yardage on such plays against the Giants.
2016 Week 11 vs PIT (10 / 5 / 97 / 0 rec)
Pryor finished as the Browns' leading receiver, like usual, although two of his five catches came in garbage time on the team's final drive of the game. His first catch was a 36-yard pickup on an underthrown ball by Cody Kessler. He later made another great deep catch in the third quarter. He adjusted well to another under throw by Cody Kessler and was brought down at Pittsburgh's one-yard line. In the fourth quarter, Josh McCown targeted him on an end zone pass, but the ball was overthrown. Pryor was closely covered and it's debatable whether he would have been able to make the catch even if the pass were better. Pryor did take a big hit in the chest/upper rib cage area from safety Mike Mitchell in the fourth quarter. He appeared to be shook up on the play, but he did return for the team's next drive.
2016 Week 10 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Pryor continues to be Cleveland's most reliable receiver, but even he is being brought down by the arm limitations/risk-averse playing style of Cody Kessler. Pryor did almost all of his damage on short comeback routes. At his size and speed, he should, and could, be a dominant downfield threat in Cleveland's passing game. He did show his athleticism on a screen pass in the second quarter where he juked a defender at the line of scrimmage. He blew past that defender to pick up seven yards. Pryor later saw a deep target near the end zone in the fourth quarter. He was double covered, however, and Josh McCown should never have thrown him the ball on the play. It resulted in an easy interception for the Ravens. Pryor finished his day with a drop along the right sideline during the fourth quarter. It appeared he made the catch, but a defender ripped the ball out of his hands as he was going out of bounds.
2016 Week 9 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)
Pryor's late-career breakout as a wide receiver continued against Dallas. Even with the Browns getting dominated in time of possession, Pryor still found a way to be productive and he was busy in the red zone yet again for the Browns. In the early stages of the second quarter, Pryor saw an end zone target, but the ball was a little too close to the left sideline. It is doubtful Pryor would have been able to get his feet in bounds even if he was able to make the catch. He did catch Cody Kessler's only touchdown pass of the game at the end of the second quarter. Pryor showed his athleticism in the end zone as he was moving to his left before he stopped suddenly and reversed direction back to the right to adjust to a scrambling Kessler and made a diving catch in the end zone for a 12-yard score.
2016 Week 8 vs NYJ (13 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)
Pryor did all his damage in the first half of the game as he was shut out in the second half, outside of a late two-point conversion. He had very little trouble against Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis at first. On his first catch, he broke a tackle to pick up several yards after the catch. Pryor later out-jumped Revis and another defender for a 35-yard reception in the first quarter. It wasn't all smooth sailing for Pryor, however, as he had two bad drops in the second quarter. The first came on 3rd-and-10 and would have gone for a first down. In the third quarter, Pryor had a chance to score a deep touchdown as he had Revis beat down the right sideline, but Josh McCown overthrew him. The Jets did bring a safety over to help with Pryor in the second half of the game, which played a big role in keeping him quiet after his big first half.
2016 Week 7 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Pryor didn't practice all week with a hamstring strain and he appeared limited in this contest against the Bengals. He only caught two passes and didn't make any of the big splash plays that fans have become accustomed to seeing out of him. He was really only targeted on short routes as the Browns elected not to take any deep shots to him in this game. This was a departure from Cleveland's normal game plans, where the offense usually dials up at least one or two deep shots for Pryor. The slow game can certainly be chalked up to Pryor not being 100%.
2016 Week 6 vs TEN (13 / 9 / 75 / 2 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Pryor was heavily involved against the Titans, operating as Cody Kessler's favorite target. He also saw two snaps at quarterback, both coming in the first half. He rushed for three yards on the first and completed a one-yard pass on the other. Pryor saw two end zone targets in the second quarter. The first was underthrown, which allowed Parrish Cox to break the pass up. He bounced back a few plays later to haul in a seven-yard touchdown pass. He outjumped two defenders to make the play. In the fourth quarter, Kessler took a deep shot to him down the left sideline, but he was unable to stay inbounds on the catch. Later in the fourth, Pryor gator armed a pass on a short slant on third-and-one, but he made up for it on the next play by leaping over a defender on fourth-and-one to make a grab for a first down. Pryor's second touchdown of the game came on a short screen which saw Duke Johnson "pick" his defender on his route. Pryor made the easy four-yard reception for the score.
2016 Week 5 vs NE (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Pryor continues to come along as a receiver. While he didn't have a huge game, he remains the team's best weapon on offense. It's hard to say how much wild cat was originally in the game plans for Pryor before Kessler went down, but Pryor did take one such snap in the first quarter while Kessler was still in the game. Pryor stepped in at quarterback for the first two snaps after Kessler was injured. He rushed on the first and recovered his own fumble on the tackle. Pryor then shifted back to receiver with Charlie Whitehurst taking over under center. In the second quarter Pryor had Malcolm Butler beat on the right side and drew a pass interference penalty which gained about 18 yards for the offense. Pryor finished up the game taking a few more quarterback snaps after Charlie Whitehurst injured his knee. He completed one pass for five yards in that time.
2016 Week 4 vs WAS (9 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
In the first half, Pryor looked like he was on his way to a huge game against Josh Norman, but Norman really stepped up in the second half and held Pryor to just one catch after halftime. A week after seeing extensive work under center, Pryor only handled one wild cat snap on the first drive, losing six yards on the play. Pryor showed great body control on his first catch, making the grab on the sideline while dragging his toe inbounds before stepping out. He did have one five-yard catch nullified by an offsides penalty in the second quarter. Pryor was impressive on his touchdown catch, beating double coverage and running from left to right across the end zone. Later in the second quarter, Pryor had Josh Norman beat for a deep pass on the right side, but Norman recognized that he was about to get burned and grabbed Pryor for the pass interference penalty. Pryor's only catch in the second half came with around three minutes left in the game on a short slant. Credit goes to Norman for shaking off a slow first half to clamp down on Pryor in the second half.
2016 Week 3 vs MIA (14 / 8 / 144 / 0 rec, 4 / 21 / 1 rush)
Pryor had a breakout game against the Dolphins as he was the best player on the field for the Browns. Hue Jackson was creative with Pryor, having him take several snaps as the wildcat quarterback. Pryor did damage all over the field including completing a few passes on the run (although he should have been credited with an interception but the defender dropped the ball). He was effective on the ground, taking several carries and running in a touchdown from the wildcat. Pryor would have had more yardages on the ground, but he had a 10-yard run nullified by a holding penalty. In the passing game, Pryor operated as Kessler's favorite target as he was peppered with targets by the rookie. Kessler even took one of his few deep shots of the game to Pryor, which was not completed, although it resulted in a roughing the passer penalty. Pryor also saw one red zone target, but was unable to reel it in as he was well-covered by Byron Maxwell. The ball was in the right spot, but Maxwell made a great play to break up the pass.
2016 Week 2 vs BAL (10 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Pryor was heavily targeted, leading the team with 10 targets. McCown looked his way often and threw to him even while he was closely covered. The quarterback took several downfield shots to Pryor, but the two were unable to connect. Pryor saw an end zone target from McCown in the first quarter, but he was well-covered by Jimmy Smith. The ball looked slightly overthrown, so it's hard to say whether he would have made the catch anyway. Pryor made a 20-yard catch at the end of the game which looked like it put the Browns on the two yard line, but he was called for taunting. It appeared that Pryor was just trying to throw the ball to the official after the play, but the ball slipped and bounced off of the defender's shoulder. Either way, the 20-yard catch was nullified. Josh McCown targeted Pryor near the end zone on the next pass, but Pryor had three defenders around him and the pass was picked off to end the game.
2016 Week 1 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 68 / 0 rec)
Pryor was heavily involved in the first half of the game, making all three of his catches. The big wideout's production in the second half suffered as Robert Griffin saw intense pressure from Philadelphia's pass rush. His second catch showed his potential as a dangerous deep threat as he used his big frame to make a catch deep down the left sideline. He reached right over defensive back Nolan Carroll to secure the pass. Pryor saw one end zone target from Griffin, but the ball was off-target and Pryor was unable to make a one-hand grab. It doesn't appear he would have had room to get his feet in bounds even if he had held on to the ball.
Latest NewsBrowns | Terrelle Pryor disrespected (Sat Dec 10, 08:18 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor was called 'just a guy' by Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones, and Jones said Pryor pushes off every route. link to story Browns | Terrelle Pryor continues to excel (Sun Nov 27, 11:32 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor racked up six receptions for 131 yards in the Week 12 game against the New York Giants. He was targeted 12 times. link to story
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