BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – There was never a doubt in Terrelle Pryor’s mind that he could not just convert from quarterback to receiver but become a threat for defensive secondaries to worry about.
Pryor won a starting job after successfully navigating his second training camp at the position after being limited a year ago by a hamstring injury that prevented his development.
As for ascending to the top of the depth chart and already becoming a favorite target for quarterback Robert Griffin III, there was never an ounce of doubt in his mind.
“I’m a visionary guy,” Pryor said Thursday.
“I envisioned myself doing this. I envisioned myself last year doing it, but I had a little injury. I try to make the most positive thoughts and believe that everything will be the best and it will work out the best way. Sometimes it doesn’t happen, but I saw this day. I’m happy and I can’t wait to go play with my teammates. I’m excited.”
Pryor showed speed and explosiveness during the preseason that saw him haul in 5 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. The big-play ability within the offense, led by Griffin, has Pryor thinking big himself starting with Sunday’s opener in Philadelphia against the Eagles.
“We may make bigger plays,” Pryor said. “Sunday is obviously, it’s a big day because we want to start off right but also we want to set our foundation to what we’re going to be.”
Livin’ On The Edge – Cornerback Tramon Williams has adapted to his new role as the team’s nickel corner behind Jamar Taylor who will start.
Williams, who is making no waves about his preseason demotion, will take on another role as well – punt returner.
“There’s nothing like it,” Williams, who used to return punts for the Packers earlier in his career, said. “I like to live on the edge.”
While Williams enjoys the thrill of returning punts and the inherent danger that come with the job, ironically one thing you’ll never see him do – ride a roller coaster.
Williams recalled standing in line when he was 12 years old to ride one and as soon as his turn came up, he ducked out of line. He’s tried to avoid them ever since.
“I don’t mind the ones with the loops, but the drops, when you’re way up there, no way,” Williams said.
Relax Rookie – Head coach Hue Jackson wants receiver Corey Coleman to relax and may sit the rookie down to tell him just that before Sunday’s opener in Philadelphia.
“He is fine. He is ready to go,” Jackson said Thursday. “He will be fine. It is like anything else. Until you go do it consistently all the time, do you know? I’m excited about him and watching him play, as well, this Sunday.”
Coleman caught just 1 pass for 10 yards 2 preseason games and has had a few moments in recent practices where he hasn’t looked like the player seen the first 6 days of training camp.
Coleman explained that he’s not feeling the pressure of being a first-round pick, it’s his own personal expectations that have been bothering him.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself because I want to be great,” Coleman said. “I put a lot of pressure on me, the way I do stuff, the way I critique myself. It can bury on some people at some times.”
Quote of the Day – “That’s the great thing about having rookies, they’re going to do whatever you tell them to do” – cornerback Tramon Williams
Injury Report – DID NOT PRACTICE: CB Marcus Burley (groin); LIMITED: Emmanuel Ogbah (hamstring); FULL: DB Tracy Howard (hamstring), WR Ricardo Louis (hamstring), CB Tramon Wlliams (toe)