Competing in his first OTAs as a member of the Redskins, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. is building trust with Trent Williams and is showing that he can be a unique target.
Adjusting to a new team and a new position, the 6-foot-4 Terrelle Pryor Sr. arrives in Washington from the Cleveland Browns, where he began his career as a wide receiver after converting from quarterback.
This season's OTAs mark the beginning of Pryor's on-field work with the Redskins. His analysis of the team is optimistic, recognizing preseason practices as an opportunity for the players to get to know each other interpret individual playing styles.
"We're getting our feet wet a little bit, you know, we had about three, four months off of football so, new team for me," Pryor said during Wednesday's open media OTA session. "And a lot of guys on here are new, so we're trying to move together and get better every day, every practice."
Considering the offense specifically, Pryor noted that though the unit faced initial difficulties, but a group mentality drives improvement.
"[Tuesday], we were kind of sloppy. [Wednesday], we got better," he said. "So it's never all 'I' or 'me,' it's about 'we,' and I think today we took a step as an offense. We're getting better, and we're a long ways away, but I think tomorrow is going to be a brighter day."
Though Pryor aims to establish an understanding of the Redskins offense as a whole, he has focused on developing a deeper connection with quarterback Kirk Cousins.
"I just think any time you get a chance to spend time with somebody, you build trust," Pryor said of his relationship with Cousins. "I think that's the main thing, and that's all this is right now. We're building trust in all of the teammates. Kirk is building trust in myself and all of the other receivers, and I think that's all it is, spending time off the field and away from the facility together. I think that just builds trust, and you know that I have his back and he has mine, so I think it's that type of deal, and I think that's a must."
Head coach Jay Gruden has already observed that Pryor and Cousins' off-field relationship translates well onto the field.
"I think the big thing when we're talking about quarterback-receiver continuity is communication," Gruden said. "They have no trouble communicating. Terrelle is not set in his ways. Kirk is not set in his ways. They're always talking and communicating, 'How you want to do this? This is how we want it done.' And then I'll jump in there, 'No, this is…' There's always communication and it's good."
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Cousins echoed Gruden's affirmative outlook, explaining that Pryor's quarterback experience has advanced his own level of play.
"I like it because I've never had a conversation with a receiver like I've had with him where he said, 'Yeah, it was two-invert, so I took it to the post. It was quarters on the backside,'" Cousins said. "He really can see it and he's going to hold me accountable, so you take the good with the bad. I love it."
"He's an enthusiastic guy," Cousins continued. "He's always wanting to run another route. 'Let's try it again, let's do it again,' just a positive attitude and he's been a joy to work with thus far. I'm really looking forward to trying to get him as many touches as possible and allow him to impact our team in any way he can."
Pryor views his relationship with Cousins advantageously as well, confident in the pair's ease of play while simultaneously identifying his own weaknesses.
"Right from the start, you know, everything's moving and it feels real good, you know, it's real easy, it's coming simple," Pryor said of playing with Cousins. "So I just have to continue to work on the nuances, and get better at certain things that they look for in routes, and depending on coverages and stuff so, it's going to come. It's only the second day, and there's a lot to get better at."
Gruden also recognizes Pryor's areas of development, but praises the player's physical abilities.
"Terrelle is a different target and gives us some different options down the field, but we do have to get him squared away on some of the fundamental route concepts that we have," Gruden said.
"He's only been playing receiver for a couple of years, so there's some things we've have got to get caught up, but he's got a great skill set," Gruden added. "He's long, he can run, [has] a great catch radius and he's been a pleasure to coach so far."
Pryor trusts Gruden to refine his talents. When asked if he sought to run plays as quarterback in Washington, the wide receiver explained that the team's success was his top priority.
"Whatever coach has drawn up," Pryor said. "Whatever is going to help the Redskins win, I'm all for it."