Terrelle Pryor did something that hadn't been done in the NFL in 57 years
Terrelle Pryor might have this “football thing” figured out. After watching the former Ohio State quarterback on Sunday, that much was clear.
Reports surfaced before Sunday’s game that Pryor was going to work in at quarterback with the Cleveland Browns down to third-string rookie Cody Kessler as the starter. That proved to be true, but Pryor was much more than just a wildcat specialist.
He ran, he threw, and he was also the go-to receiver. Just for good measure, he even took a snap at safety.
By game’s end, Pryor racked up quite the stat line. He finished with 144 receiving yards, 35 passing yards and 21 rushing yards in the Browns’ overtime loss in Miami.
How rare was his performance?
Pryor became the first player to have at least 120 receiving yards, at least 30 passing yards, and at least 20 rushing yards in a single game since Hall of Famer Frank Gifford accomplished that feat back on Dec. 6, 1959. He was also the first player to record three rushing attempts, three passing attempts and three catches in a game since 1964.
“I gave everything I had.”
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 26, 2016
Besides making a little NFL history, Pryor made some personal history. His seven catches and 144 receiving yards were both career highs. The former Buckeye star also completed his first NFL pass in nearly three years.
“I’ll do anything for (Browns) coach (Hue) Jackson. If he asked me to go play center, tackle, I’m going to work my butt off to go and do it and try to be the best at it – even though I won’t be the best at it – whatever it takes, because this team, we have a great team here,” said Pryor, who played for Jackson in Oakland in 2011. “We just got to figure out how to win.”
Pryor’s throwback performance could be a sign of things to come for Hue Jackson’s offense. The Browns are still expected to be without Josh McCown for the next few weeks, and with Kessler still learning the ropes, Pryor adds a unique wrinkle to an otherwise lackluster offense.
The Browns might’ve lost again in frustrating fashion, but they look like they have quite the versatile weapon moving forward.