The third session of organized team activities have started in Ashburn, VA at Redskins Park. Of course coming into the new season, fans want to know how Kirk Cousins‘ contract talks are going but it’s clear he would rather talk about something else. If you’re wondering what that something else was, it is Washington’s newly added free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr.
Upon signing with the Washington Redskins, Pryor has talked about his excitement having Kirk Cousins as his QB before even getting to work out together. Since OTA’s have started you’ve heard nothing but praise about these two growing a connection and working out together. Both players are entering 2017 after big seasons at quarterback and wide receiver positions, hoping to prove themselves once again as they’re playing on 1-year deals.
After losing two 1,000-yard receivers in Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson, the question the offense faced was how Washington would replace that production. Well the answer was to go out and sign 6’4″ wide out Terrelle Pryor. 2016 was Pryor’s first season as a full time receiver and he put the league on notice. Even with sub-par quarterback play in Cleveland, Pryor hauled in 77 receptions, racked up 1,007 yards and 4 touchdowns. One of those touchdowns came against his now teammate and top cornerback in the league, Josh Norman.
Kirk Cousins played the 2016 Season on a 1-year franchise tag after not being able to agree on a long-term deal with the team. Numerous times Cousins has referred to how he bets on himself and plays with something to prove to try and earn a big time contract with the Redskins.. Throwing 25 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards while breaking franchise records and leading Washington to its second straight winning season sounds like the proof is every bit there.
With Pryor as his new weapon at his disposal, Cousins has already stated “I’m really looking forward to trying to get him as many touches as possible”. With Pryor’s speed, size, and ability to attack the ball, expect for more deep shots down the field and improvement in the red zone offense. If the Redskins call as many fade routes this upcoming year as they loved to in 2016, at least fans won’t question it when you’re throwing to a receiver like Pryor.
After their 2016 campaigns, both proved they belong in this league and there’s no reason not to believe these two won’t produce together in a Jay Gruden QB friendly, pass happy offense. If anything, both players playing on a one year deal should motivate and bring them even closer to each other. This bro-mance between these two is just in the beginning stages. Once training camp rolls around and practices start to intensify, their connection will be strong and ready to prove the doubters wrong.