Just two weeks into the NFL free agency period and with a little more than a month left before the NFL Draft, the offseason is still young. Though there are surely additions and subtractions to made still, the Cleveland Browns have already undergone a facelift.
One of the most intriguing decisions of the offseason so far is the Browns decision to part ways with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. The Browns signed veteran playmaker Kenny Britt shortly before Pryor went off the market, and reportedly declined to compete with the offer that the Washington Redskins ultimately acquired Pryor with.
Pryor served as one of the very few bright spots on an extremely underwhelming Cleveland offense, as he caught 77 passes and topped the 1,000=yard mark in his first full season as a wideout. For reference, Kenny Britt just reached that same milestone for the first in his eighth season in the league. The receivers share more similarities than just their stat sheets, however, as they are very similar physically. Britt is 28 years old and is officially listed as 6’3” and 223 lbs, while Pryor, 27, stands at 6’4” and is also listed at 223 lbs.
The most important difference between the two talents comes down to their respective ceilings. It seems that many fans valued the fact that Terrelle Pryor has not played the position very long, and held the feeling that his growth as a receiver was only just underway. Britt has improved steadily from year to year for the most part, but it simply has not seemed as dynamic as Pryor’s 2016 season. The way that Pryor caught on to the new position so quickly leads one to believe that his progression will be rapid. Britt’s 2016 season could be the sign of great things to come as well. The future of the two players will be affected by offensive schemes and surrounding talent, as always in the sport, but for Britt pressure be heightened stepping in for a fan favorite.
Pryor played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he became one of the greatest quarterbacks in program history. Even though he left the program on a sour note in wake of the infamous tattoo scandal, some Browns fans could appreciate a Buckeye contributing to the team, as many Browns fans are also Buckeye fans. Britt, on the other hand, also comes from football for a Big Ten football program in Rutgers, although they were not yet a member of the conference during Britt’s tenure (Big East).
Comparisons in Cleveland will be inevitable for Britt in wake of Pryor’s departure, due to the city’s attachment to Pryor, and the similarities between the two players. If 2016 first-round selection Corey Coleman can stay healthy and make strides to improve, Britt may benefit from a figuratively wider field in that sense. Of course, the Browns are currently without a starting quarterback as well, so time will best tell the future of the Cleveland Browns.
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