Terrelle Pryor's transition from college to the NFL hasn't been quiet or without controversy. This is what happens when you drop out of school amid a scandal and hire Drew Rosenhaus to hold infomercials proclaiming that you're a first-round pick while people whose job it is to make such judgments state exactly the opposite.
But we give Pryor credit. Instead of coming off as aloof and entitled, which sometimes happens to college athletes accustomed to being the center of their universe, Pryor appears to be working hard, saying all the right things, and preparing for the supplemental draft. That doesn't make him any more of an NFL quarterback, but it does make him more likable. And in the world we live in, where public perception is as important as on-field productivity, it's a good start.
The latest evidence: Pryor is working with former Bengals quarterback and NFL assistant coach Ken Anderson, who has mentored high school and college QBs since retiring from the Steelers in 2009. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Pryor and Anderson worked together Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida, where Pryor was attending the NFLPA Rookie Symposium. Anderson called Pryor "an interesting kid." Adding: "His throwing motion and arm is good and he can make all the throws."
More details via Reedy:
Two more weeks of workouts are planned in Fort Lauderdale. The hope is in the interim that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement can be reached. A Pro Day-type workout for Pryor and the Supplemental Draft are on hold due to the lockout. …Which we take to mean that Whitfield, in fact, won't be working with Pryor, even though he was under that impression as well earlier this week.
Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reached out to Anderson about working with Pryor. Some thought that George Whitfield, who prepped Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for this year's draft, would be the guy but it was Anderson who got the call.
As for what Anderson has in mind for Pryor, he tells Reedy that "We're working on a lot of different things right now like NFL concepts, the passing tree and footwork. He does a nice job understanding things and how it translates."
What that means for Pryor's professional prospects is an entirely different story. The NFL scrap heap is littered with tales of workout warriors who excelled in shorts and t-shirts but couldn't replicate that success in pads surrounded by 21 other guys.
For now, Pryor continues to train, trying to convince his doubters that he can play quarterback in the NFL. There's no denying his athleticism. It's just that it's going to take some Herculean improvements to persuade the skeptics that Pryor's not the next coming of Tarvaris Jackson.
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