Terrelle Pryor has not panned out yet for the Washington Redskins. He apologized for his performance in an Instagram story on Friday.
In the offseason, Redskins fans lost a little hope in the team when DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left in free agency. The two leading receivers for the team were not offered large enough contracts by the Redskins to stick around for another year. Though the duo had each had 1,000 yard seasons in 2016, the team was confident in their ability to replace them.
Terrelle Pryor was supposed to be one of those replacements. The team signed him to a one-year deal in free agency, and it was expected that he could be a No. 1 receiver. After all, he had a terrific 2016 campaign despite playing with many quarterbacks in Cleveland. Shouldn’t teaming up with Kirk Cousins make him a better player? Well, that hasn’t been the case so far.
In 2017, Pryor has played in all seven of the Redskins games, but he only has 18 catches for 223 yards. He has had numerous drops and his lack of consistency has been a problem for the team. Last week against the Eagles, Pryor barely played in the first half and appeared to be benched for a while. Apparently, Jay Gruden is losing faith in his abilities to execute in the offense.
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Pryor is aware of what’s going on. He knows he hasn’t played well, and he actually took time on Friday night to apologize for his efforts on an Instagram story. Here’s what he said, per Scott Allen of the Washington Post:
"I owe to the fans and teammates a sorry for being inconsistent with a lot of stress I brought onto myself for the loss of focus.. not personal life but at work reasons. Ready to be the beast I know I am. Looking forward to Sunday. I’m use to the rock in my hand early n often. I have great teammates and understand it’s not realistic with the great talent we have. That’s something that’s tough and a ongoing battle in my own mind. And I’m ready to control that focus and get back to pinning my ears back and playing ferocious how I know how! I’m ready."
This is a nice message from Pryor, but until he produces on the field, the words are nothing but words. He needs to get on the field and show some sort of chemistry with Cousins. Ideally, the Redskins would play Josh Doctson and Pryor at the same time, but they rarely did that last week. Perhaps getting both on the field would force Cousins to throw to them and get the passing game in a rhythm for the first time this year.
Pryor has the right mindset, but he has to back that up with solid play on the field. It will be interesting to see if he can achieve that on Sunday afternoon against Dallas.