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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2015 Wide Receiver Rankings

This year, there are a lot of options at wide receiver. It’s probably the deepest position for 2015 besides perhaps quarterback. But this doesn’t mean you should wait too long to draft your first receiver, it just means there will still be value to be had after the sixth round. For your typical roster you’ll end up with about 4-8 receivers depending on your league’s scoring. Player’s marked with a $$ are players that should outperform their draft day values.

Two guys I’m targeting as deep sleepers are Eddie Royal, and Andrew Hawkins. Eddie Royal was already on my radar long before the Kelvin White injury. But when you couple that with the fact that Alshon Jeffery is dealing with an injury, it paints a rosy picture for Royal’s outlook. Royal is a seasoned veteran coming off his two most productive fantasy football seasons, and with White out he should lack for targets. I really like Cutler this season as well, so everything is trending up for his production.

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty down on Johnny Manziel, but he’s looked pretty sharp in the preseason. As a result, Cleveland receivers have seen a boost in my rankings. I’m not sure who’s going to be the top receiver in Cleveland at the end of the season, but if I don’t end up with Bowe, I’m not going to be upset landing Andrew Hawkins in the later rounds. Hawkins has the talent, and showed flashes of this last season, ending 2014 with more first downs than any other receiver or back on for The Browns. Hawkins is a gut call for me, but my gut says he’ll have a big season.

1. Demaryius Thomas DEN 21. Brandon Marshall NYJ 41. Percy Harvin BUF
2. Antonio Brown PIT 22. DeSean Jackson WAS 42. Devin Funchess CHI
3. Dez Bryant DAL 23. Amari Cooper OAK 43. Kendall Wright TEN
4. Alshon Jeffery CHI 24. Andre Johnson IND 44. DeVante Parker MIA
5. Randall Cobb GB 25. Mike Wallace MIN 45. Brandon Lafell NE
6. Julio Jones ATL 26. Jeremy Maclin KC 46. Charles Johnson MIN
7. Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 27. Nelson Agholor PHI $$ 47. Brian Quick STL $$
8. T.Y Hilton IND 28. Allen Robinson JAC 48. Dwayne Bowe CLE $$
9. Calvin Johnson DET 29. Eric Decker NYJ 49. Kenny Stills MIA
10.  Mike Evans TB 30. Marques Colston NO $$ 50. Donte Moncrief IND
11. A.J. Green CIN 31. Jarvis Landry MIA 51. . Doug Baldwin SEA
12. DeAndre Hopkins HOU 32. Victor Cruz NYG $$ 52.  Malcom Floyd SD
13. Emmanuel Sanders DEN 33. Roddy White ATL 53. Terrance Williams DAL
14. Julian Edelman NE 34. Martavis Bryant PIT 54. Dorial Green-Beckham TEN
15. Sammy Watkins BUF 35. Davante Adams GB $$ 55. Cody Latimer DEN
16. Brandin Cooks NO 36. Torrey Smith SF $$ 56. Marqise Lee JAC
17. Golden Tate DET 37. Steve Smith BAL 57. Cole Beasley DAL
18. Keenan Allen SD 38. Breshad Perriman BAL 58. Tyler Lockett SEA
19. Vincent Jackson TB $$ 39. Anquan Boldin SF 59.Marvin Jones CIN $$
20. Jordan Matthews PHI 40.  Larry Fitzgerald ARI 60. John Brown ARI

*Rankings are based on standard scoring.

Based on your league size, and how enthusiastic your fellow drafters are this may not be enough receiver depth. Below are a few more later round guys, that can still produce for your team.

Cecil Shorts HOU

Andrew Hawkins CLE

Danny Amendola NE

Eddie Royal CHI

Riley Cooper PHI

Pierre Garcon WAS

Rueben Randle NYG

Michael Crabtree OAK

Greg Jennings MIA

Allen Hurns JAC

Markus Wheaton PIT

Jarius Wright MIN

Mohamed Sanu CIN