Terrelle Pryor Apologizes to Redskins Fans for 2017 Performance

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Washington Redskins runs after his catch during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Terrelle Pryor Sr.'s first year with the Washington Redskins has been defined by statistical turbulence, and the wide receiver apologized to fans Friday evening for his lack of production to this point in the 2017 NFL season.      

In a post on his Instagram (h/t Washington Post's Scott Allen), Pryor said he's still getting accustomed to a new scheme in the nation's capital and plans to find his footing soon: 

"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."

Six games into his Redskins tenure, Pryor has managed 18 receptions on 33 targets for 223 yards and one touchdown. In fact, Pryor hasn't topped five receptions in a game since Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles and has topped 50 yards in a contest just twice. 

In Washington's 34-24 Week 7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, Pryor caught two passes for 14 yards as quarterback Kirk Cousins regularly fed the ball to tight end Jordan Reed, running back Chris Thompson and ascendant wideout Josh Doctson. 

The loss also saw Pryor play a season-low 46.9 percent of Washington's offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, head coach Jay Gruden said he planned to ride the "hot hand" at receiver in the weeks ahead, per ESPN.com's John Keim

"We'll see how it goes moving forward. Right now we wanted to get Josh in there a little bit more and see how he did. Josh did some good things, some things we need to clean up, same with Terrelle every week. Just going to continue to coach those guys up, try to play the hot hand, play the guys who are fresh and go from there."

Pryor will attempt to get on the same page as Cousins in Week 8 when the Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field on Sunday. 

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