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The 5 O'Clock Club: Terrelle Pryor at QB?

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The 5 o’clock club aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

In 2016, Terrelle Pryor Sr. played for the Cleveland Browns -- a bad team struggling at the quarterback spot. And though Terrelle Pryor was a QB in college, and was drafted as a quarterback by the Raiders in 2011, he was on the roster as a wide receiver in Cleveland.

Pryor had a very successful season playing wide receiver for the Browns, catching 77 passes for 1,007 yards and 4 touchdowns.

But Pryor’s impact on the Browns offense went beyond the usual. Drawing on Pryor’s experience as a quarterback, along with his big frame, speed and toughness, Hugh Jackson had a package of plays that put Pryor in the backfield, partly in an attempt to help out the succession of struggling quarterbacks that the team put on the field.

Pryor attempted 9 passes last season, completing 5 of them for 41 yards.

He also ran the ball 8 times, picking up 1 first-down, scoring a touchdown, and fumbling once.

Because of his experience as a quarterback in both college and the NFL, lining Pryor up behind center isn’t exactly a “gimmick”. He’s a legitimate threat to pass, and has the physical skills to be a threatening runner.

Many people -- myself included -- expect Terrelle Pryor to have a monstrous year as a Redskins receiver catching passes from Kirk Cousins in a Jay Gruden-designed offense. He seems a good bet to build off a very successful campaign as a first-full-year receiver in 2015, and establish himself as being among the best big wideouts in the league over the next four or five months.

But he has the skills to add multiple dimensions to the Redskins offense. Jay has already confirmed in a press conference that, on game days in the regular season, Pryor will be the emergency quarterback.

But should the Redskins experiment with him at quarterback the way Hue Jackson and the Browns did last year?

Will Jay Gruden keep Pryor focused on learning the nuances of the WR position? Or will the temptation to use Pryor as a triple-threat entice Jay into creating some packages that put TP behind center in certain situations?

Poll

Should the Redskins have a package of plays using Terrelle Pryor as the quarterback, much like the Browns did last season?

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    Yes!
    (325 votes)
  • 16%
    No way, Jose!
    (89 votes)
  • 24%
    Maybe, but only in the Red Zone or 2 point conversions
    (131 votes)
545 votes total Vote Now