"He's a specimen," Bowe said Saturday. "You've got to have a guy like that on the field."
Problem is, Pryor has been on the field for just one day since Aug. 4 because of a hamstring issue, and coach Mike Pettine said the window for Pryor narrows every day he can't participate.
Pryor is balancing the need between staying healthy and getting on the field to show he can make the move from quarterback to receiver.
"I can understand that because he has a lot of talent and he doesn't have a lot of time to show it," Bowe said. "But he's a freak of nature. I think once he gets healed and steps on that field, he's going to show all the doubters he can play both sides of the ball -- offense and I think defense, too ... but that's between us."
In other camp news:
Pettine addressed the vanilla nature of camp practices, saying the team does the "non-vanilla stuff," including two-point plays, during afternoon walk-throughs that are closed to the media and public. Pettine said that work is done "away from the prying eyes that like to report everything." He said it while smiling.
QB Connor Shaw was back watching practice after having surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb. The team is still deciding if Shaw should go on injured reserve for the season. "Part of that is waiting to see how long," Pettine said, "post-surgery when they re-evaluate it what they think that window's going to be. When can we get him back realistically? Or is it an IR situation? We're weighing all of those options now."
In discussing special teams standout Marlon Moore, Pettine said Moore had earned reps with the regular offense as well. Which all but guarantees him a roster spot, which means the final receiving spot could come down to a choice between Pryor, Shane Wynn and Vince Mayle.