Terrelle Pryor is proud, believing he can play quarterback in the NFL even after being traded once and cut thrice, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
But the former Ohio State star isn’t too proud to play another position. Even after declaring, “If I can’t play quarterback, I can’t play football” only a month ago.
Despite those words of defiance, we know Pryor can play football. The question is whether it’s quarterback or another position.
When he signed with the Cleveland Browns as a wide receiver, it was a sign the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2008, infamous for the ESPN-televised news conference to announce he hadn’t made his college choice, had humbled himself to do whatever it takes to play in the NFL.
“I’m going to give this slash-player deal a chance,” Pryor told Trib Total Media on Thursday night. “I just want to play football. I’m a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities.”
Upon deciding to make the move to wideout after being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals on June 18, his first call was to Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown. Pryor plans to work out with Brown and Randy Moss, absorbing whatever they can teach him about the position’s nuances.
“The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants,” Pryor said.
“What I’ve got to work on is the specifics, cutting in and out of the breaks. Athletically, I believe I can do anything on the field. When I get on the field, I may not be the best, but I always feel like I am. I bring that mindset. I work my hardest to be the best I can at that position.”