Browns sign Pryor as a wide receiver
Published 2:08 am Tuesday, June 23, 2015
CLEVELAND (AP) — Terrelle Pryor believes he can be an NFL wide receiver. The Browns are giving him a chance to catch on with them.
Pryor, who has made 10 pro starts at quarterback, was awarded on waivers to Cleveland on Monday and the Browns intend to give him a shot at making their roster as a wideout.
The former Ohio State star recently announced his intentions to switch positions to prolong a career that appeared to be headed toward a finish.
In Cleveland, Pryor will be reunited with Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. The pair spent the 2013 season together with the Raiders with Pryor making nine starts at QB.
Pryor has one career catch for 22 yards in the NFL, but the 6-foot-4, 233-pounder is a superb athlete and might be able to make the transition to wide receiver.
The Browns lack depth at wide receiver and are lacking a big-play threat because former Pro Bowler Josh Gordon is serving a one-year suspension for multiple failed drug tests.
To make room for Pryor, the Browns waived defensive back Landon Feichter.
As a quarterback, Pryor completed 170 of 302 passes for 1,953 yards with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also had 627 yards rushing. Pryor spent training camp in 2014 with Seattle and spent parts of the 2015 offseason with Kansas City and Cincinnati.
Originally drafted by Oakland in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft, Pryor went 31-4 as a three-year starter for the Buckeyes.
NOTES: The Browns have reached their registration capacity of 60,000 free tickets for their scrimmage at Ohio State on Aug. 7. The team and school capped the capacity in 100,000-seat plus Ohio Stadium to “ensure an optimal fan experience.”