Terrelle Pryor: Fantasy Outlook
Author: Noah S.
Possibly my favorite wide receiver to pick this year is Terrelle Pryor, who signed a deal with the Washington Redskins. Last year, Pryor finished as the WR22, and is currently going off the board at WR25. And let us not forget, Pryor played in a horrible offense last year. Like, really bad. So bad that 7 different people attempted a pass in Cleveland last year, including Pryor himself. Even with the constant turnover, Pryor still managed to have a 1,000+ yard season. So called experts think Pryor is in for regression because he did most of his work in garbage time, but that is actually not the case. During the 2016 season, Pryor had more first half receptions than second half receptions.
Heading into the 2017 season, I love Pryor in Washington. After totaling up free agent departures, 36% of Washington's 2016 targets have departed. Outside of Brian Quick, who saw 77 targets last year in an equally bad Los Angeles Rams offense, Pryor is the only new receiver the Redskins acquired. The Cousins-Pryor combination should be lethal. According to Pro Football Focus, Cousins excels on the same type of routes that Pryor excels on. They both had a rating over 100 on crossing routes and in routes. Pryor is not going to be a guy who has 100+ catches after posting just a 55% catch rate with Cleveland. Of course, not all of his targets were able to be caught, but that still doesn't mean he's not a pass catching machine. When Pryor does catch the ball, expect big things.
Washington ranked 2nd in yards per pass attempt last year, while Cleveland ranked 26th. Pryor has been working in the off-season with great receivers like Randy Moss and Antonio Brown. Pryor was a bit unpolished heading into 2016, but recent footage from workouts and OTA's suggests that he is more technically sound now. When asked how he thinks Terrelle Pryor will do, Redskins receiving coach Al Saunders responded that he expects a Pro Bowl season from Terrelle. Pryor looks like a cheat code on Madden, with the perfect size and speed combo that you just do not see much. He's built like Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson. IMO, He's one of the few receivers being drafted outside of the top 15 that has top 5 potential.
Looking ahead to Pryor's season from a fantasy perspective, I expect a huge season from him. He showed his capabilities with Cleveland, and now has a legitimate top 10 quarterback in Kirk Cousins. Last year, Pierre Garcon saw 100+ targets, and Pryor will absorb those, if not more. He's going to see a lot of work in the red zone. Cousins forcefully fed Jordan Reed in the end zone last year, so Pryor will take attention away from him but both of them will see consistent targets in the red zone. Outside the red zone, however, is where Pryor will really shine. He's Washington's only true big play threat outside of Josh Doctson, but Pryor has the size advantage.
What was holding back Pryor from a truly elite season in 2016 was the lack of touchdowns. He could potentially see 10+ touchdowns in Washington. I predict around 75 catches, 1,150+ yards, and 8 touchdowns from the former Ohio State player, and a top 15 season will follow.