After being cut once again, this time by the Cincinnati Bengals, Terrelle Pryor is planning to switch position from quarterback to wide receiver.
This is clearly a last-ditch effort for the former starting quarterback of the Oakland Raiders to salvage his NFL career. Pryor, who turns 26 Saturday, was a third-round supplemental draft pick of the Raiders in 2011. He is famous for being the final draft choice of Oakland owner Al Davis, who died in October 2011.
Pryor, who had nine of his 10 NFL starts in 2013, did not play last season. He was with Seattle, Kansas City and the Bengals, however, he has been cut by all those teams. Now, the supremely athletic Pryor, who is 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, is going to try to use his size and speed to become a receiver.
That leads us to this question: Should the Raiders give him a chance as a receiver?
While Pryor was overmatched at quarterback, he was well liked in the organization (even though this regime did not bring him in) for his work ethic. The Raiders know Pryor will give this position change his all.
But I just don't think that's enough. The Raiders are a building program, and I'm not sure they have the luxury of trying to make Pryor an NFL receiver. The odds are against him, and it would be better for a more established program to give Pryor this chance.
Plus, the Raiders are deep at receiver with the keys being young receiver Amari Cooper, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, Brice Butler and Kenbrell Thompkins. It is likely Pryor will never get to the level of any of those receivers right now and all of those receivers need repetitions.
While Pryor's position move is intriguing, it's probably better he attempts it somewhere else than the place where he started his NFL career.