The Jets have agreed to terms with former Redskins and Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, according to league sources. The deal will reportedly be for one-year.
— NFL (@NFL) March 23, 2018
The Jets were in need of an offensive playmaker, and they got one. Pryor, the 6’4 receiver has shown flashes of being elite. In 2016, he had 1,007 yards and four touchdowns with the Browns. Also, Josh McCown threw him passes that year. In the 5 games McCown played, Pryor had 409 receiving yards. So the chemistry is there. Another fun fact: Pryor tore up the Jets in 2016. He dropped six catches for 101 yards.
Pryor’s 2017 campaign was lackluster with the Redskins. He struggled early on in the season, and his year ended early when he was placed on the injured reserve in November. He only started two games and only caught 20 passes for 240 yards.
Pryor is a speedy outside threat that can burn corners. The ex-quarterback’s quickness can scare corners. When healthy, he’s proven he can be a force to be reckoned with on the outside. He is the perfect companion to the rest of the Jets’ receiving corps. Enunwa and Kearse are both slot-type receivers, while Pryor can Anderson can line up out wide.
The best part about Pryor’s game? His speed combined with his height. At 6’4 he can dominate almost every corner in the league, and he isn’t an easy man to keep up with it. He can become a scary red-zone threat the Jets were desperate for last year. With Austin Seferian-Jenkins gone, Pryor could very well be the primary red zone target.
As for the situation with Allen Hurns, he is still expected to visit the team. Could the Jets receiver room become even more crowded? If Hurns signs with Gang Green, that would make five starting-caliber receivers in the unit. Although you can never have too many receivers, five is a little much. Plus, ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen are still around.
In the event that Hurns signs, Jermaine Kearse could hit the trade market. Although he had a solid 2017 campaign, he is on the last year of his contract and is due $5 million at the start of the season. Mike Maccagnan could be quick to save the money and trade Kearse, especially for a decent draft pick.
As much as I like Kearse, a trade for a pick could be ideal. For a team trying to rebuild, you can never have enough draft stock. The Jets could possibly grab a second round pick if they deal Kearse along with other assets. That pick could be huge for the Jets. I’d love to see a pick acquired and an offensive lineman selected.
The Jets’ receiving corps keeps on growing. Training camp can very well become a battle for playing time between the four receivers, which would be fun to watch. Bowles has always liked surrounding his guys with competition, and he does it again here. Only time will tell Pryor’s role for Gang Green in 2018.