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Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:07pm
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.
Posted by Chris Kucharski
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:05pm
Andy Dalton had some impressive numbers in 2015. His passing percentage was a career-high 66 percent. His TD-to-INT ratio was 25-to-7, also a career best. The fantasy numbers were solid, but could get better this season with a change at offensive coordinator. Former OC Hue Jackson emphasized the run while new OC Ken Zampese was the quarterbacks coach for years in Cincy. Usually quarterback coaches like to throw the ball. One other quick fact about Dalton is that he does have 13 rushing touchdowns over the past four season. That's a pretty high number for someone who attempts 3.4 rushing attempts per game.
Last season, Dalton average 250 yards passing per game, which was the second highest of his career. He did miss three games which limited his over all numbers, but in the pass-happy NFL, Dalton's average only ranked him 19th of quarterbacks with more than 250 pass attempts. Another factor going into 2016 is Dalton's offensive weapons. A.J. Green is still one of the NFL's best but after that, Dalton will be relying on the growth of Tyler Eifert and rookie Tyler Boyd plus veteran Brandon LaFell.
2016 Bottom Line
Dalton is the 14th-ranked quarterback going into the season, and that ranking is justifiable based on his career numbers. Some people had some hope based on his 2013 season that he could put up consistent 4,000 yards and 30 touchdown pass seasons, but he hasn't repeated those numbers the last two seasons. Dalton's ADP is 120 and that might be a little high considering he will be a QB2 on most fantasy teams. Of course, if his secondary receivers have an impact, his draft position could be a bargain.
2016 Strength of Schedule - CIN
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||19.62||29.69||250.00||1.92||0.54||8.42||12.75||4.46||10.85||0.23||0.15||2.43||61.69/66.38||91.94% |