There was never any question that Terrelle Pryor Sr. had the talent to be a football legend. He was one of the most-recruited football-basketball prospects in the rich history of Western Pennsylvania high school sports.
Pryor was Ohio State's star quarterback, leading the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships and a Rose Bowl win in 2010, when he was named the game's MVP. After three seasons in Columbus, Pryor learned the NCAA was suspending him the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia.
With his college career all but over, Pryor entered the NFL's Supplemental Draft that June, when the Raiders selected him in the third round.
Pryor tried his luck at quarterback for the Raiders on and off over a three-season, span but things did not go as swimmingly as planned. He was traded to Seattle then spent time with Kansas City and Cincinnati before finding an opportunity with the Browns in 2015.
When the Browns inked Hue Jackson as their head coach, Pryor, who had expressed changing his position to wide receiver, got his wish. Jackson and Pryor had crossed paths in Oakland and Cincinnati, and Jackson had no reservations in converting the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Pryor into an offensive weapon.
That's what happened in 2016. Pryor, who ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash at his pro day in 2011, has transformed into a Calvin Johnson-type with the Browns. He has 56 receptions for 724 yards and five touchdowns. He is quickly becoming a fantasy football superstar -- not for his receiving numbers, but for the "slash" possibilities he brings to the table.
"He's a very talented athlete, great player," Giants safety Landon Collins said. "He's done great things and you expect great things out of him."
Mary Kay Cabot, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Browns beat writer, believes Pryor would be more dynamic if he had the benefit of more steady quarterback play.
"He'd have more yards, catches and TDs if rookie quarterback Cody Kessler went deep more often," Cabot writes. "In Kessler's first seven starts, he completed only five passes of 20 yards or more. Pryor would probably have more than 1,000 yards and be a Pro Bowl candidate if he had someone getting the ball deep. With Josh McCown starting Sunday, the Browns will stretch the field, and Pryor will have opportunities to make big plays, especially now that Corey Coleman is back. ... Pryor makes nice adjustments to the ball, and makes the tough, contested catch. He routinely jumps up over DBs to snatch the ball. He has been the Browns' undisputed MVP this season ..."
The Giants' defensive backs have been stellar this season. Veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will likely cover Pryor while Janoris Jenkins may handle speedy rookie Corey Coleman, though Eli Apple and Collins will also play a factor.
New York is not taking Pryor lightly. The Giants know he presents matchup problems for defenses. Against the Steelers last week, Pryor had five receptions for 97 yards, and he probably would have recorded more had his quarterbacks, who were sacked eight times, been able to get him the football.
"He has been pretty good," Jenkins said. "He is a big guy. He is tall, he is fast -- it looks like his transition is going good."