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Before signing with the Bengals earlier this offseason, Terrelle Pryor said that there was no way he'd ever even consider changing positions. Well, the Bengals released Pryor and his agent Drew Rosenhaus promptly started informing teams that Pryor is willing to move to wide receiver. He is expected to draw much more interest now that he's agreed to switch positions.
According to Browns' offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, this is the best quarterback Josh McCown has ever been. He has continued to improve as a QB and his arm is just as strong as it's ever been. DeFilippo has been very impressed. "I've been very, very impressed with Josh,'' DeFilippo said. "Josh and I talk about it all the time: He's a better quarterback now than he was in 2007. I think he's much better. I haven't seen anything from an arm strength standpoint, from an athletic standpoint to tell me that his game has declined at all. He is much better in situational football, a much smarter quarterback than he was in 2007. That comes with time. He's played a lot of football. Obviously, the intangibles with Josh are as good as any quarterback in the league in terms of his leadership, in terms of being a good person. All of those things that you're looking for in a starting quarterback, Josh McCown has."
Last week we heard that Terrelle Pryor's agent had informed teams that he was finally willing to switch positions from quarterback to wide receiver. Teams have been asking if he'd switch for years now, but he stubbornly refused. After being cut by the Bengals he realized he had no other options left. He confirmed the change today on Twitter. Pryor tweeted, "Going to miss QB but I will make a great WR! Already working !!"
The Browns have added newly transitioned wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to their anemic offense via the waiver wire. Pryor just agreed to change to WR from quarterback after being released by the Bengals. It didn't take long for a team to take a chance on Pryor now that he's playing a skill position.
After being suspended for the first 10 games of last season, troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entirety of 2015. The Browns were widely expected to wash their hands of the 24-year-old wideout. However, the team has had an official corresponding with Gordon this offseason. His agent Drew Rosenhaus believes that Gordon (who caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games in 2013) still has a bright future. Rosenhaus also says that Gordon gets tested for drugs and alcohol up to 10 times a month and has remained clean so far. "It's a difficult process, and it's meant to be difficult, obviously," Rosenhaus said. "But I've got faith in him, and he'll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL, in my opinion."
Marlon Brown has been splitting WR2 reps with Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman at Ravens camp. His head coach John Harbaugh says he has "high hopes" for the third-year wide out and wants "to see him breakout" this season. A few months ago Brown was nothing more than an afterthought, now he has a legitimate shot to win a starting job in Baltimore. "It's very competitive," Wide Receivers Coach Bobby Engram said. "Marlon has done what he always does, which is make plays."
Terrelle Pryor has made the jump from quarterback to wide receiver and plans to bring a playmaking dynamic to the Browns' offense. He believes he can be extremely dangerous asset and his experience as a QB will give him a distinct edge. "I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor said. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities … The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants. What I've got to work on is the specifics, cutting in and out of the breaks. Athletically, I believe I can do anything on the field. When I get on the field, I may not be the best, but I always feel like I am. I bring that mindset. I work my hardest to be the best I can at that position."
The Browns have quite miserable tight end situation. However, head coach Mike Pettine believes Rob Housler is the perfect "F". The F position is primarily a pass catching tight end that is slightly detached from the offensive line. Pettine explained their TE situation, "We really have two different types of tight ends. The 'Y' is more the on the ball, blocker type where that's Jim [Dray] and Gary [Barnidge]. The F is more of a move type, off the ball, more of a wing. You can flex him out some. Gary is kind of a 'tweener.' He can do both. We just like the depth in the room. We have three guys that they're not identical skillsets there. There's some overlap. Gary, like I said, is kind of both. Jim is more towards the ideal 'Y,' and Rob is more the ideal 'F.'"
Jeremy Hill used his 6-foot-1, 240-pound frame to his advantage pretty well last season. On his way to running for more yards than any other back over the season's final nine weeks, Hill racked up 622 yards after contact and averaged 2.8 yards after contact per attempt last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Both numbers were good enough to place him in the top 10 among his RB brethren, but that's not good enough for the second-year bruiser.
"I'm just trying to lift my acceleration up and miss more tackles," Hill said recently. "That's the biggest thing for me. The first guy got me down way too much last season."
Hill finished up as the No. 10 RB in standard leagues despite not touching the ball at least 20 times in any game until Week 9.