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Released as a QB revived as a WR?

The Cincinnati Bengals announced they released quarterback Terrelle Pryor Thursday afternoon, and it appears as though he’s ready to move on from the position entirely in order to keep his NFL dream alive.

Drew Rosenhaus, Pryor’s agent told Pro Football Talk that his client is making the switch from quarterback to wide receiver. “There is extensive interest in Pryor as a receiver,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote.

PryorOaklandPryor was last on the field as a signal-caller in 2013 with the Oakland Raiders when he started 9 games and appeared in a total of 11. During that stretch, the former Ohio State Buckeye completed 57.4 % of his passes while throwing for 1,798 yards, 7 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. But his greatest asset may have been the fact that he ran 576 yards plus a pair of scores, displaying breakaway speed that made him one of the league’s more vaunted tuck-and-run threats. However, Pryor has never been a particularly accurate passer, which would explain both his erratic football career with multiple teams and his desire to split out wide and make the move to receiver.

On April 21, 2014, Pryor was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in the preseason, but was released during the final roster cuts on August 29. Soon after on January 7, 2015, Pryor signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs On May 5, 2015, Pryor was released by Kansas City. On May 10, 2015, Pryor signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and was released on Thursday.  These developments by those number of teams in such a short time has prompted him to announce that he is changing positions. Therefore, if Pryor wants to be a productive receiver this season he will need to pick things up fast.

Just last year, he spoke out against a potential change to wide receiver amid rumblings that he wouldn’t be able to crack Seattle’s roster playing under center.”I don’t know how to catch,” he said, according to the Seattle Times’ Jerry Brewer. “I don’t know how to run the ball as a running back. I’ve been a quarterback my whole life.”

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