Most NFL analysts agree the Cleveland Browns need receivers.
Monday the team added Terrelle Pryor, claiming him on waivers from the Bengals. Pryor is a project, a former quarterback just cut by Cincinnati, and a guy who has never played receiver. He declared one month ago that “If I can't play quarterback I can't play football.”
There's no risk in the move. Pryor will be one of 90 working in training camp, and he'll be re-united with John DeFilippo. The Browns offensive coordinator was Pryor's quarterback coach in Oakland when he started nine games at quarterback.
DeFilippo also was instrumental in the Browns adding Josh McCown, who enters training camp as the team's starting quarterback.
Pryor will not work at quarterback. He will compete to make the team at receiver, a move he made when the Bengals released him after he spent one month with the team.
The reason for the release: According to ESPN.com Bengals reporter Coley Harvey, Pryor had dropped to fourth-team quarterback behind Josh Johnson and far behind backup AJ McCarron. Pryor also angered the Bengals by posting video of the team's minicamp on one of his social media accounts.
The Bengals ban videos and filming during their live work, and Pryor posted from the full team drills to his Twitter account. The videos were soon removed.
Some players have made the switch from quarterback to receiver successfully. Among them are Ronald Curry (of North Carolina and the Raiders) and Antwaan Randle El (of Indiana and the Steelers). Both were successful at receiver -- Randle El even threw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl -- though were far from All-Pros. But both made the switch immediately upon joining their NFL team.
Josh Cribs played quarterback at Kent State and set records returning kicks for the Browns. Eric Mangini put him at receiver, where the results were mixed, at best (41 receptions, 518 yards, four touchdowns in 2011).
Pryor is making the move after spending three years trying to play quarterback in Oakland, and after being traded to Seattle, and then going to Kansas City and Cincinnati.
In the offseason the Browns addressed the receiver position by signing Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline as free agents. They drafted Vince Mayle in the fourth round. Mayle reported with a broken wrist that needed surgery. Now they've claimed Shane Wynn on waivers from Atlanta and Pryor on waivers from the Bengals.
It's the classic flyer. Take a 6-5 guy and see what he can do. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
But the addition of Pryor will do little to change the opinion of folks who believe the position is the team's biggest weakness.