The New York Jets signed free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, according to Ian Rapaport. The terms of the deal haven’t been released at the time of this post but the Jets add some more depth to the wide receiver position.
1- Pryor was very productive in Cleveland in his first real season as a wide receiver. He caught 77 passes for 1007 yards and four touchdowns while having to play with five different quarterbacks in 2016. He’s a freakish athlete (he switched from quarterback to wide receiver) and he’s shown the ability to beat higher level corners in the NFL. He’s got the speed and size you typically look for in a wide receiver.
2- Pryor signed a one year prove it deal with the Redskins and did exactly the opposite. He played in nine games, only catching 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He only started in two of the games he played in, which is concerning given the lack of depth and weapons on the Redskins roster.
3- I’m going to go ahead and assume that this is just another prove it deal for Pryor. Robby Anderson has his legal troubles and will most likely face a 1-2 game suspension to start the season while Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart could barely find the field as rookies last season. This is more of a depth move than anything.
4- The Jets haven’t been active in the tight end market which most likely means Quincy Enunwa will be lining up more often than not as the H-back in the offense. Pryor adds a deep threat with good hands that can fill in at the Y receiver spot in these sets if he sticks on the roster, while also presumably lining up out wide while Anderson serves his inevitable suspension. The main concerns with Pryor are his locker room presence. The supposed culture change within the Jets locker room doesn’t warrant for a me first kind of player that Pryor gives off. He apologized to the Redskin fans after his slow start last season, but apologies won’t sit well with Jets fans if he doesn’t produce beyond that. His ceiling is being the number two receiver behind Anderson and giving the Jets a formidable four wide wet with Anderson-Pryor-Kearse-Enunwa. I don’t think we can expect a 2016 type performance again this season but adding receiver depth was something the Jets needed to do heading into the offseason.
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