The workout sessions imparted wisdom that Terrelle Pryor plans on bringing to the Washington Redskins. As part of his transition to receiver, Pryor worked with former All-Pro wideout Randy Moss last year in Charlotte.
One message that Moss delivered often during those workouts stuck with Pryor: Compete at all times. That segued into the need to believe in yourself and to never think that you’ve arrived.
“That’s what happens to a lot of players,” Pryor said. “They think they have it, whether they’re secure with money or secure in life and they let it fall off. They don’t push themselves to the max. My eyes were opened up trying to push my craft to the max to get the best me out of myself. I just want to bring that to the Redskins and bring that into the locker room.”
The Redskins would welcome that, too. What they could use just as much are the big plays he can deliver, especially after the departures of receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. In his first full season as a receiver, Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. But he’s still considered a raw receiver, after playing quarterback most of his life until 2014. The Redskins want him to work on all aspects of route running and coaches who have faced him say that would be smart.
One reason Washington appealed to Pryor: The Redskins will throw the ball and the belief is that coach Jay Gruden will help him develop by how he’s used. Pryor also mentioned playing with quarterback Kirk Cousins -- other free agents pointed to his presence as key in any decision they'd make regarding Washington. With Pryor on a one-year deal, it could put him in better position next offseason to secure a multiyear deal. Pryor also liked his meeting with Gruden and receivers coach Ike Hilliard the night before he signed.
“Every day I step on the field, I can get better and learn,” Pryor said. “I’ll never stop doing that. From Ike and Coach Jay, there are small things I can work on that I’ll keep to myself. But they’re very intimate [details] and I learned a lot talking to them. They’ll help me get to that next level.”