Terrelle Pryor Survives the Cut at WR for The Browns

It seems that some are surprised by the news that Terrelle Pryor has manage to solidify his spot as a wide receiver for The Browns. I am not one of those people. It’s not like their wide receiver options are exactly the most stable in the league. It’s a bad sign when your head coach has to come out an confirm that your presumed starter (Dwayne Bowe) will not be released approaching the roster deadline. And it’s not like last season’s top receiver (Andrew Hawkins) is getting much love from the media or analysts. (who else are you going to turn to for you fantasy info) So it’s obvious that The Browns have a wide receiver problem, but what does Pryor have to offer?

1.He has an arm.

Much like wide receiver Mohamed Sanu helps out the Cincinnati Bengals, Pryor could be involved in some 3rd down, and goal line trick plays. After all Sanu has completed 100% of his passes for The Bengals, it’s possible we could see a similar level of success from Pryor. While Johnny Manziel has looked decidedly better this preseason, The Browns aren’t much better equipped at quarterback than wide receiver. If things go by the wayside, Pryor gives them another cheap option at QB.

2.His athleticism.

At 6’4″ 223 pounds, Pryor is a big redzone target. Players with a mulitsport history, especially a basketball/football combo, have a history of being impressive endzone targets. (think Jimmy Graham) Maybe it has something to do with rebounding and boxing out, I don’t know. But these type of players have what it takes to go up, and come down with the ball. The Browns don’t have a lot of endzone specialist. Having someone like Pryor could only help their cause.

3.The two point conversion.

It’s the favorite off season buzzword, and leagues bright shiny new toy. Teams are going to want to play with it during regular season. With Pryor being a run, pass, reception threat, he’s a great guy to have during these high stakes plays.

I’m glad that Pryor made the cut for The Browns. If nothing else it gives us one more thing to watch on Sunday.

For more on Pryor making the roster check out The Bleacher Report:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2561804-terrelle-pryor-makes-cleveland-browns-53-man-roster-at-wr?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national

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Tim Tebow’s Roster Chances

Regular season football is upon us, only a week away. But that means that roster cuts are coming. Teams are required to whittle away their rosters to the standard 53 players. Players that have yet to finalize their spot on their respective rosters are said to be “on the bubble”. One player on the bubble that’s near and dear to those of us at Football Femme, is Tim Tebow. Tebow has seen many highs and lows so far this preseason. So what does he need to show us in this last game of the season, to ensure his future with the Philadelphia Eagles?

1.Show off some leg.

One thing Tebow has over fellow contender Matt Barkley is his legs. Tebow has the speed and strength that few quarterbacks possess. It’s part of what makes Tebow, Tebow. He’ll have to blow past a few Jet defenders, and rack up some yardage in order to impress The Eagles coaching staff, as well as the naysayers in social media. If Tebow starts packing up the yardage, Barkley can start packing his bags. Especially if those yards turn into touchdowns.

2. Complete at least 50% of his passes.

So far in the quarterback battle neither QB has impressed with his completions. Tebow will have to throw for at least a 50% completion percentage in order to solidify his role with The Eagles. At the very least he needs to beat whatever percentage Barkley puts up on Thursday.

3. Make a two point conversion happen.

It’s going to come up. The Eagles are going to go for it. All preseason “Tebow and the two point” has been the talk of the town. Unfortunately, he’s failed twice so far in the attempt. But if Tebow manages to pull off the conversion, you’re going to see an Eagle fan eruption, as well as a big green check mark by Tebows name on the final roster. Tebow is lethal on the goal line, as he presents both a threat in the air, and on the ground.

So there you have it, if Tebow comes out swinging and accomplishes these three key things, there’s a really good shot he makes the final roster. We’ll see what happens!

Update:

As of half time: Tim Tebow is 6 for 10 in passing, with 105 yards, 1 touchdown, and 18 rushing yards.

Matt Barkley is 3 for 6, with 38 yards, 1 interception, 0 rushing yards

Pierre Thomas, Unsigned Free Agent

What if I told you that there was an unsigned free agent out there who has had a comparable career to some of the top tier running backs. Running backs like let’s say, LeSean McCoy. As a matter of fact, they have the same Yards Per Carry average, and are both established veterans. But there are a few differences. This player actually has a higher Yards Per Reception average (8.2), a lower fumble average (only 0.7), and a much lower salary cap hit. Almost sounds too good to be true right? With all the wheeling and dealing for the 2015 season, it seems hard to believe that someone of this caliber has been overlooked. But, someone has, and that person is Pierre Thomas.

Being a free agent isn’t something new for Pierre Thomas. After all it was the New Orleans Saints who first signed him as a free agent eight years ago. Often working in a running back committee with the likes of Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles he still managed to make his mark with the Saints. He led the team in rushing yards in 2008, 2009, and 2013, as well as consistently ranking as one of the top pass catching backs. So with this type of pedigree and low price tag, why is he still on the market? Two reasons: age, and injury concerns.

For many years it has been assumed that 30 is the magical age of decline for running backs. But I’m not sure why this idea still exists. Running backs have been shattering this age old (pun intended) perception in recent years. Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, Darren Sproles, and DeAngelo Williams are some of the first names that come to mind for aging running backs. Not to mention Fred Jackson who at 34, is absolutely ancient in running back years. Yet these players are still heavy contributors for their respective teams on the ground. While historically there is some truth to the “dirty thirty curse”, more recently players are disproving this idea again and again. Not to mention Pierre Thomas is kind of a special case. While he has had an impressive run career, he hasn’t seen as many touches per game as many of the current feature backs. This suggests there should be plenty of tread left on the tires of Thomas’s run game.

Injury woes unfortunately are very common in running backs, and Thomas had a pretty rough 2014 season. He ended the season placed on IR due to a rib and shoulder injury. However, over the past four seasons, he has only missed 5 games so his injury history may not be as dramatic as it first appears. Plus, the signing of injury prone RB’s such as Darren Mcfadden, and Ryan Matthews let us know that injury problems alone won’t be enough to dissuade interested teams.

So why hasn’t Thomas been signed and who may be interested? As to the first question, I’m really not sure, unless Thomas hasn’t expressed much interest in continuing his football career. Though some of his tweets seem suggest that he still has onfield aspirations.

Rumors suggest that the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots may be interested in Thomas, though it seems interest is waning for the Redskins. Some other possible fits for Thomas are the Green Bay Packers, The Carolina Panthers, and the Baltimore Ravens. My personal favorite is the Panthers. I like Thomas as a replacement for recent departee DeAngelo Williams, and think he would work well with the strong leadership of quarterback Cam Newton.


I guess we’ll see what the future holds for Pierre Thomas, but I for one, hope to see more of him on the football field.