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Enemy Evaluations: Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor Sr.

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With the upcoming game against the Washington Redskins only days away, one underachieving player the Eagles will be tasked with locking down is WR Terrelle Pryor Sr.

A former college QB, Pryor has adjusted well to life on the outside with his best season to date in 2016. With the Browns at the time, Pryor hauled in 77 catches for 1007 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Pryror has struggled to make an impact with his new team this year, averaging an uninspiring 3.2/41.8/0.2 stat line as a receiver. Make no mistake about it though; Pryor has starter talent with a skillset that the Redskins would benefit from getting more involved.

In the summer I scouted five 2016 games of Pryor as part of my WR module for Scouting Academy. The following is the summary of my report on what he can do, can’t do, and an overall view of what he can be based on that five game evaluation. The language will be a bit dry; these reports are constructed to be communicated to coaching staffs that don’t concern themselves with flowery language.

It’s of note that Pryor is playing 84% of his snaps on the outside, so he should see plenty of Eagles cornerbacks Rasul Douglas and Jalen Mills. In any event, let the scouting begin.

SCOUTING REPORT

5th year veteran; started 10 of 15 games as QB his first three years and started 17 of 19 games the next two years after converting to full-time WR. Played 87.53% of the Browns offensive snaps and accounted for 22% of their receptions, 27% of their receiving yards and 26% if their receiving touchdowns.

Transitioning from Browns HC Hue Jackson’s downfield passing scheme to Redskins’ HC Jay Gruden’s West Coast offense.  Tall, long-limbed and muscular frame with good athletic ability.

STRENGTHS

Good releases off the line; utilizes scooch, stutter, rocker and whip techniques with consistent success against overaggressive cornerbacks to release through defender and create instant separation. Combats press with strong inside arm to create space on slants and digs.

Solid mental processing; understands how to attack DBs leverage, flashes ability to work to defender’s blind spot and consistently gets body positioned between the ball and the defender.

Good play speed; recognizes windows quickly from plus split and snaps head around immediately when he wins cleanly off press. From the slot, does well in the RZ to recognize immediate openings on designed seam routes. Good deep speed to pull away from most defensive backs. Explosive acceleration off the LOS on clean releases; gets to breakpoint quickly.

Effective on comeback routes displaying solid separation quickness, and balance at the breakpoint with strength to escort DBs upfield. Separates from most CBs on crossing routes with early use of hands and length combined with good burst.

Good hands; consistently hauls in passes on the move and stationary thrown behind, in front and above/at eyes. Displays very good strength to fight through contact, extend hands and attack ball at highest point with strong hands. Very good concentration over the middle and has the courage to extend vs incoming contact.

Good body control to contort frame and extend on jump balls and throws behind his frame. Consistently drags both feet near sideline while maintaining good position.

Flashes effective stiff arm after the catch against DBs. Displays solid competitive toughness to play through injuries and rise up to higher level of competition.

WEAKNESSES

Occasionally lets DBs hands into his frame and has difficulty disengaging with hands or foot quickness, leading to getting squeezed to the sideline and/or landmarks being reached late. Adequate ability to find seam; struggles to find and settle in soft areas near hook zones on in breaking routes and lacks peripheral vision to avoid defenders in the area.

Rounds off in/out breaking routes due to tight hips and limited agility, allowing DBs to get underneath and disrupt. Occasional concentration drops with balls thrown above eyes. Struggles at times to track and win contested catches against tight coverage from in phase defenders.

Adequate YAC ability; displays marginal vision as a runner and often drifts back towards LOS or laterally after catch, limiting potential gains. Slow to diagnose when taking direct snaps on read options, bouncing outside prematurely before blocks develop. Effort will wane for stretches when he’s not involved or when a run play is not to his side of the field.

Overall, a starting X WR you can win with that relies on length, strength, and deep speed. Fits a vertical passing game. Capable of filling in as an emergency QB.

FIN

From my time with the Scouting Academy and the Scouting Academy Prove It Competition, of which I placed 1st, you can expect more of these reports in the future. I’m particularly excited about sharing my reports on Alshon Jeffery, Ronald Darby, and Trevor Siemian. It was my evaluation of Cardinals CB Justin Bethel that allowed me to predict WR Torrey Smith’s big play in a previous article, so I will be leveraging different reports in a variety of ways. Stay tuned!

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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