Is Terrelle Pryor a good wide receiver and should you target him in fantasy drafts this season? He has great ability, but will always be a little lacking in fundamentals. The good news is that he can continue to get better and his freak athleticism will continue to allow him to cut through that learning curve. The other big plus for Pryor is that he's now in Washington and has Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball instead of the revolving door of QBs he had to work with in Cleveland.
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The Browns gave Pryor a shot to prove himself last year, and he made the most of it. He saw 140 targets from four different quarterbacks (Cody Kessler, Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Charlie Whitehurst), catching 77 of those for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. That's not too bad for a receiver on a team that ranked 28th in passing offense.
Heading into the 2017 season, Pryor finds himself on a new team full of fantasy potential. With Cleveland, Pryor had a clown car full of weak quarterbacks, but in Washington, he gets a much more accurate quarterback in Kirk Cousins. Last season, Cousins ranked third in passing yards, eighth in completion percentage, sixth in attempts, and third in yards per attempt. Those are the type of numbers you you’re your fantasy receivers to be associated with.
On the receiving end of Cousins’ throws last season were Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed. Garcon (San Francisco) and Jackson (Tampa Bay) both left via free agency, meaning 213 targets, 125 receptions, 2,046 yards and seven touchdowns from last year are technically up for grabs.
Pryor will have competition for targets from Crowder, Reed and, most likely, Josh Doctson. Crowder is the wideout Cousins knows best, while Reed could be an elite fantasy tight end but he has yet to play a full season. Doctson was hampered by injuries as a rookie, but will get his shot to prove why the Redskins drafted him in the first round last year. In the end, however, Pryor appears to have the most talent and he will emerge as the team’s No. 1 receiver thanks to his appealing combination of size (6-4, 233) and speed (4.41 40).
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There’s no reason to think Pryor can’t surpass last season’s numbers considering the significant difference when it comes to quarterback play and offensive potential. He’s certainly not a sleeper entering this season, but he still has the feel of a breakout performer who should not last beyond the end of Round 4 in any format.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.
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