There is no telling how far along — or how rich — Terrelle Pryor might be today had he given up the dream of being a quarterback and converted to wide receiver earlier in his career.
Hue Jackson, the Browns’ head coach, knew receiver was the better position for the 6-foot-4 former Buckeye. And Jackson should know, because this is the third team on which Pryor has played for him.
Jackson was the head coach in Oakland when the Raiders took Pryor in the supplemental draft in 2011. He was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in 2015 when Pryor spent about six weeks trying to latch on as a backup to Andy Dalton. The Bengals released them after their minicamp last year.
The Browns claimed Pryor on waivers on June 22, 2015, after their offseason program was completed. He was impossibly behind when training camp began and early on he pulled a hamstring. He made the 53-man roster, was cut on Sept. 10 and then re-signed by the Browns Dec. 2. A year later, Pryor is playing like a starter. The thought of Pryor and Josh Gordon spread wide (when Gordon returns from his four-game suspension), with Corey Coleman in the slot, could give the Browns weapons they haven’t had on offense since the days of Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards in 2007, the story said.
Andy Dalton is back to zipping the ball. He’s got no restrictions with his throwing thumb; he’s got one visit under his belt to passing specialist Dr. Tom House last month, and after watching two of his most established targets leave via free agency he got one back with a Super Bowl ring and knows Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are already here.
“It would be tougher if it was my first or second year, but this is year six,” Dalton says Monday from Dallas of his revamped receiving corps. “It’s easier for me now than early on in my career. That is going to be fun. We’ve got these guys from the start; we’ve got to get them exactly where we want them to be.
The two guys who lockered next to him and meant so much to the passing game won’t be here two weeks from Monday when the Bengals gather for offseason workouts. Wide receiver Marvin Jones turned down at least the same $40 million to go to Detroit and Mohamed Sanu got No. 2 money in Atlanta when a No. 4 role loomed in Cincinnati.
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Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm
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The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing as if quarterback A.J. McCarron will start Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
McCarron has started Cincinnati's past three games in place of Andy Dalton, who is sidelined with a broken thumb on his throwing hand.
Dalton is scheduled to meet with doctors Monday and hopes to have the cast removed from his right hand, but the Bengals still are uncertain whether the two-time Pro Bowler will be available against Pittsburgh.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Bengals QB Andy Dalton (right thumb, out) has been ruled out for Week 17. AJ McCarron (left wrist, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. McCarron is expected to play against the Ravens.
Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:31pm
S George Iloka (groin)
LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), T Jake Fisher (concussion), LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), LB Vincent Rey (hamstring)
S Omar Bolden (hamstring), QB Peyton Manning (foot)
LB Todd Davis (shoulder), S Darian Stewart (hamstring), S T.J. Ward (ankle)
RB C.J. Anderson (back, ankle), WR Andre Caldwell (quadricep), TE Owen Daniels (knee, knee), WR Bennie Fowler (ankle), G Evan Mathis (ankle), LB Lerentee McCray (hamstring), QB Brock Osweiler (left shoulder), DE Vance Walker (shoulder), LB DeMarcus Ware (back)
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
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