Terrelle Pryor only recently made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver, but the Cleveland Browns saw enough in training camp over the past few weeks to carve out a spot for him on the 53-man roster.
The Browns announced their final roster cuts Saturday afternoon, with Pryor still standing, while unproven receivers like Josh Lenz, Darius Jennings and Vince Mayle were all sent packing.
Pryor evidently cracked the 53-man roster thanks to his versatility. While Lenz, Jennings and Mayle are all fairly one-dimensional receivers, Pryor is a freak athlete who can create matchup problems at 6'4'' and 223 pounds.
Against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, he appeared as a receiver, quarterback and punt protector on special teams.
"Anytime you can have a guy that can run, that can throw, that can protect, I just think it changes the mindset defensively a little bit," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said after the team's final preseason game, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group's Mary Kay Cabot.
Bill Williamson of ESPN praised Pryor for making the transition and earning a spot on the final roster:
Despite Pryor's versatility, it's hard to imagine him making an instant impact. He was limited throughout training camp as he battled a hamstring injury, and he didn't record a single reception over the course of the team's four preseason games.
And while he's still a major work in progress, the former signal-caller appears determined to prove himself in a new role, per Cabot:
I don't like being given anything. I do want to help the Browns. If that's the opportunity I have, cool, but that doesn't excite me. That doesn't say I've worked for it. When I get on the field I'd say I'm a great teammate. I spend a long time in the facility, I always ask questions, I try to be the best teammate, player I can be. But that doesn't excite me because I want to earn everything I have or get.
Considering the Browns' receiving corps is comprised of Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Marlon Moore and Dwayne Bowe, Pryor could conceivably help that lackluster group if his fundamental route-running skills steadily improve.
An athletic foundation is in place for Pryor to try to meet his lofty potential as a pure playmaker, but it will take some serious refinement from a technique standpoint for him to make an impact this season.