Terrelle Pryor was not particularly effective for the Washington Redskins on Sunday. But the top wide-out still called out Rams safety Cody Davis for a low hit from the contest.
On Sunday against the Rams, the Redskins were able to pull off a victory in spite of a poor performance from their passing game. Kirk Cousins didn’t do much during the contest, putting up just 179 passing yards and managing the game. Because of Cousins’ mediocre performance, Terrelle Pryor, the team’s presumed No. 1 receiver, had a poor outing that reflected some of his shortcomings.
Against the Rams, Pryor had another key drop and was only able to reel in one catch for 8 yards before the final drive. He was mediocre and needs to improve his hands in order to become a more consistent threat.
However, that didn’t stop Pryor from talking. Recently on Twitter, Pryor called out Rams defensive back Cody Davis. The five year veteran put a low hit on Pryor that he took exception to. Here’s Pryor’s exact tweet.
This is actually an entirely okay thing for Pryor to do. He actually called out Davis in a completely respectable way. He acknowledged that the hit was a legal one, but he still didn’t like it and let Davis know.
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Upon looking at the play, Pryor does have a reason to be a bit upset. Davis came in low and did put a big hit on his knees and as we’ve seen in the past, low hits can cause serious injuries that can end up being career ending. The NFL still allows low hits, as Pryor mentioned, but players typically prefer getting hit above the knees and obviously, below the neck area.
This has become a common sentiment among receivers across the NFL. Recently, Larry Fitzgerald was asking his opponents to “aim high” when hitting, as he is worried more about keeping his legs healthy late in his career. Pryor seems to be the latest receiver endorsing this trend.
It will be interesting to see if the NFL does anything in the future to prevent low hits near the knee. For now, it seems unlikely as the league is rightfully concerned with concussions and head injuries at the moment. But if lower hits to the knees start to cause more injuries, it will be something that the league will have to look into.