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.