Former Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor will make a move to receiver after being cut by the Bengals. The release in Cincinnati represents the end of the road for Pryor's efforts to play quarterback in this league, and the extremely athletic former Buckeye will hope to ply his talents at another position.
This move has long been talked about, and when he was with the Seahawks, Pryor responded to those people advocating a move. "I don't know how to catch," he said at the time. "I don't know how to run the ball as a running back. I've been a quarterback my whole life."
This isn't a great thing to say just prior to a position change, of course, but he may have just been trying to deflect that conversation a little bit so he could focus on his first love, playing quarterback. Now, the 6'5, 240 pounder will look to get a job in the NFL as a receiver or move tight end, and would likely have to earn a role on special teams first and foremost.
Pryor was acquired by John Schneider and the Seahawks from the Raiders back in April last year for a seventh round pick. At the time, Pryor was about to be released even after starting nine games for Oakland in 2013, but Seattle evidently thought that a late-round pick would be worth a de facto move up to "first in the waiver order," essentially.
He had an up and down preseason with the Hawks, completing 21 of 39 passes for 281 yards, a touchdown pass and two picks. He also ran for a touchdown -- a nice 44-yard naked bootleg that got people excited about the possibility of utilizing his athleticism in the Seahawks' offense. He had issues with accuracy and velocity though, and those two turnovers likely did not help his cause. He was released and bounced around a bit before ending up in Cincy.
Would the Seahawks take another shot? I would have to guess that it's unlikely, considering their history with him from last year -- but Pryor may have refused Seattle's overtures for a position move at the time, and now that he's reconsidered that, who knows? The Hawks love a conversion project and they love a freak athlete, and just so happen to have a former QB in B.J. Daniels doing essentially the same thing as we speak. Daniels and Pryor, as Brian McIntyre pointed out on twitter, are almost the same age (26), so both are relatively young (compare to Ricardo Lockette, who is 29).
Something to watch. The switch to receiver at this point has an extremely low probability for success, but in terms of planet theory, there aren't too many dudes walking this earth that stand 6'5 and run sub-4.4.