Pryor, who has 18 catches for 223 yards and one touchdown this season, has remained upbeat, even after being benched for the first half of Monday’s loss at Philadelphia and finishing the game with as many drops as catches (two). In an Instagram story Friday night, Pryor apologized to his fans and teammates for his inconsistency this season and promised better days are ahead.
“I owe to the fans and teammates a sorry for being inconsistent with a lot of stress I brought onto myself for the loss of focus.. not personal life but at work reasons,” Pryor wrote. “Ready to be the beast I know I am. Looking forward to Sunday. I’m use to the rock in my hand early n often. I have great teammates and understand it’s not realistic with the great talent we have. That’s something that’s tough and a ongoing battle in my own mind. And I’m ready to control that focus and get back to pinning my ears back and playing ferocious how I know how! I’m ready.”
After Monday’s loss, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Washington drafted wide receiver Josh Doctson “to be the number one guy” and wanted to see how the second-year pro, who missed almost his entire rookie season with injuries, would respond to more playing time. Doctson has seven catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns this season, and his three receptions Monday were a career high. On Tuesday, Gruden expressed confidence in the Redskins’ entire receiving corps, which has been one of the least productive in the NFL this season.
“We have faith,” Gruden said. “It’s not like we’re losing faith in anybody. We have faith in all our receivers to win one-on-one matchups and run the right coverage, run the right routes and all that stuff and make plays when the ball is distributed to them.”
“I think it’s a work in progress,” Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said of Pryor. “I don’t want to write a narrative until really we have a full sample size of the season. There’s still a lot of football left. There’s no reason he can’t have a very strong 10 games here and really finish strong this season.”
The Redskins host the Cowboys on Sunday. Pryor had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown against Dallas last season.