The Jaguars continue to try to upgrade their offense in every way possible. And, proof of that is their Monday morning signing of former quarterback, now turned receiver, Terrelle Pryor to a free agent contract.
The team announced the move Monday morning in advance of their latest offseason workout:
We have signed WR @TerrellePryor and made other roster moves.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) June 3, 2019
Pryor originally entered the league as a quarterback with the Oakland Raiders in 2011, but has most recently been exclusively a wide receiver over the course of the last three seasons. The former Ohio State star quarterbacked the Buckeyes to two Big Ten titles in 2009 – 10. He was then taken by the Raiders in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft playing sparingly in three seasons there.
Since his time in Oakland, has bounced around too numerous teams including: the Seattle Seahawks, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the Washington Redskins, and played for both the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills a year ago.
Pryor’s best season as a receiver came three years ago where he had 77 catches 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Redskins. However, he’s been on and off of three teams since then.
So, this move is viewed as a low-risk signing to help with depth at the wide receiver position for the 6’4, 230 lbs. Pryor, who has also battled injuries in recent years. After signing a one-year $8 million contract with the Redskins in 2017, Pryor was injured early in the season and had to have ankle surgery landing him on injured reserve in November.
Pryor signed a one-year $4.5 million deal with a Jets in 2018, but, after catching a couple of touchdowns (above), he suffered a groin injury early in the year and the Jets released him in an injury settlement last October. He signed and played two games with the Buffalo Bills before being released, again, in November of last season.
The Jaguars have a largely inexperienced and undersized receiving core led by former draft picks D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook, as well as veteran Keelan Cole. Speedy Marqise Lee is coming off of a torn ACL in last preseason. Pryor is bigger than all four of those receivers.
The Jaguars are apparently looking to install more of a vertical passing game with free agent quarterback Nick Foles and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
The team will also get set to hold a mandatory mini-camp June 11-13.
Jags WR Marqise Lee returns to practice
After losing veteran Alfred Blue in the first half of the 24–10 Thursday night loss to the Eagles with an ankle injury, the Jaguars are looking for offensive depth. In some fortunate news, WR Marqise Lee is off of the PUP list and has begun practicing today, roughly one year after suffering from knee damage that sidelined him for the entire 2018 season.
Head coach Doug Marrone made the announcement before practice on Saturday.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 17, 2019
First Coast news reporter Ben Murphy got a video of Lee at practice receiving a pass from QB Nick Foles.
— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) August 17, 2019
Last year, Lee was injured in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Falcons. He was hit by reserve defensive back Damontae Kazee on this play after a reception.
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) August 25, 2018
Lee suffered a torn ACL and went on injured reserve missing the entire season.
Lee became more prominent in Jacksonville’s pass offense in 2017 with 56 catches for 702 yards and three TDs. The Jags are surely going to rely on him this season which could mean he’ll see the field a bit in their third preseason game to get him readjusted to competitive game play.
However, they might not want to risk another potential injury before the season begins. We could see it going either way. We do know that he’ll be a great weapon for Nick Foles to utilize this season.
The return of Lee is coming off the heels of some other good news for the Jags announced earlier this week. Starting left tackle Cam Robinson was also removed from the PUP list on Monday after suffering a torn ACL in Week 2 last season. He has since made enough progress participate in some individual drills and should be ready, along with Lee, for their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In other injury-related news, we await how serious Blue’s ankle injury is coming off this second preseason game. Meanwhile, the likelihood is that Leonard Fournette, backed up by Thomas Rawls, will be the two running backs when the Jaguars play at the Dolphins next Thursday night.
Jaguars searching for RB depth after second preseason game
With preseason game number two in the books, it’s apparent the Jaguars have real issues with running back depth due to injury. This after veteran Alfred Blue left the first half of the 24 – 10 Thursday night loss to the Eagles with an ankle injury and did not return.
Blue carried the ball four times for just five yards has Jacksonville offense once again sputtered behind a makeshift offensive line. Coach Doug Marrone was so concerned about that line situation and their ability to protect/block that starting quarterback Nick Foles and running back Leonard Fournette never saw the field for a single play during Thursday night.
That means that veteran at Thomas Rawls (above Thursday) was called upon to carry the ball a little more, and he did so, seven times for 19 yards including a long run of 11 playing in the first half.
Rawls is a 5th year veteran who had some modest success with the Seahawks, including rushing for 830 yards his rookie year in 2015 with a 5.6 yard per carry average. His numbers tapered off in 2016 – 17 with ankle and foot injuries, as he only played in 21 games in those two years. Rawls was later released and picked up by the Bengals, but injured again last season, and never carried the ball in Cincinnati.
Obviously, the Jaguars are wanting to implement Fournette, as the primary ball carrier, but they will need someone else to spell him on a series or two. Also, Fournette has had durability questions, as he missed parts or all of eight games last year with a hamstring injury.
The Jags were also hoping to bring along Temple rookie running back Ryquell Armstead, but after he carried eight times for 22 yards last week, he suffered a concussion in the preseason opening loss to the Ravens. Armstead hasn’t practiced since, and is still being evaluated with no further update Thursday.
Speaking of updates, we await how serious Blue’s ankle injury is coming off this second preseason game. Meanwhile, the likelihood is that Fournette, backed up by Rawls, will be the two running backs when the Jaguars play at the Dolphins next Thursday night.