It’s a significant addition to an offense that needed another weapon. Pryor doesn’t have the track record that Jackson and Garcon have possessed during their careers, but it’s hard to ignore the impressive season Pryor had in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns. The quarterback-turned-wide receiver recorded 77 catches for 1,007 yards last year with Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Cody Kessler as his quarterbacks. Pryor, 27, recorded one of his four touchdown receptions in Week 4 against the Redskins at FedEx Field.
It was Pryor’s first significant role as a wide receiver since he entered in the NFL in 2011 as a third-round pick in the supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders. In 11 games (nine starts) at quarterback in 2013, Pryor completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in Oakland. He also had 576 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and seven fumbles (two lost).
Pryor will bring size, speed and toughness (as we all saw during his battle with cornerback Josh Norman last year) to the Redskins as a wide receiver. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds, Pryor reportedly ran the 40-yard dash at his pro day in 4.38 seconds. The Redskins now have two big targets on the outside with Pryor and Josh Doctson, listed at 6-2 and 206 pounds. Just two seasons ago, the Redskins didn’t have a wide receiver over six feet.
While Jackson and Garcon each recorded over 1,000 receiving yards last year, Washington’s offense still has good targets in the pass game. Pyror will likely allow the Redskins to keep Jamison Crowder in the slot, where he’s been very effective in his first two NFL seasons, to go along with Doctson and Maurice Harris at the position. Pryor can also create matchup problems from the slot as well. The Redskins still have a dynamic threat in tight end Jordan Reed, and they re-signed Vernon Davis on Wednesday before the start of free agency.
To give Redskins fans a better idea about Pryor’s background, here’s a great feature written by Mary Kay Cabot about his journey from being homeless in Jeannette, Pa. to becoming Cleveland’s top wide receiver last year.