ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Terrelle Pryor doesn't know if Kirk Cousins will
be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback, but he hopes so.
signed a one-year deal with the Redskins last week hours after Cousins
signed his franchise tender, and the day after the team fired general
manager Scot McCloughan. Pryor wants Cousins to be the one throwing him
the ball, but he doesn't need that after what the versatile receiver
went through with the Browns.
"I played with six quarterbacks last
year," Pryor said. "I don't think it could get that bad. Obviously, I
would like to play with Kirk. I'd be an idiot if I didn't believe that. I
think he's a great quarterback, and hopefully that's what happens."
it was only five — Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, Josh McCown,
Charlie Whitehurst and Kevin Hogan — plus Pryor, who threw nine passes.
27-year-old former Ohio State star quarterback-turned-receiver joins an
organization in flux after the front office shake-up and the departures
of previous starters DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Pryor is a big
target who should help Washington's woeful red zone offense and become a
piece of replacing Jackson and Garcon, but he said he's not thinking
about those things.
Pryor did say he chose the Redskins — signing a
deal that could pay him up to $8 million — because of Cousins, tight
ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh
Doctson. Pryor said he "would assume" Cousins is back but didn't press
coach Jay Gruden and staff about the QB's status.
"I don't want to
say it was my first priority because at the end of the day you want to
be wanted," Pryor said on a conference call Monday. "You want to be with
a team that wants you to be on the team. In Washington, they were
aggressive in terms of wanting me to be on the team."
McCloughan didn't stop the Redskins from being aggressive with team
president Bruce Allen and vice president of football administration Eric
Schaffer in charge of making moves.
The Redskins also signed
safety D.J. Swearinger and defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Stacy
McGee and lost defensive end Chris Baker.
Pryor said the
similarities between Gruden's offense and Browns coach Hue Jackson's
schemes attracted him to Washington and liked what he heard from new
offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and wide receivers coach Ike
Hilliard. All that was enough to make up for the uncertainty around the
"I can't really control or have a say or know what's
going on in terms internally," Pryor said. "They're handling that
internally. All I can do is just come in and be ready to be the best
teammate I can be and work my butt off and prove I belong. I'm along
with them for the journey and what we're trying to accomplish."
who had 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns last season, his
first as a full-time receiver. He's working with Randy Moss to continue
to improve at that position and figures facing Josh Norman in practice
can only help after he and the cornerback had quite the matchup last
"He competed against me at a high level and he's a very
competitive guy, a very fiery guy," Pryor said. "The opportunity to
compete with somebody that wants to be great, I mean, I'll take that
NOTES: The Redskins on Monday hosted a ribbon cutting
for the rebranding of their sports performance center. In his
introductory remarks, Allen said it was the team's goal to keep players
and coaches healthy and called it "a great day for the Redskins." Allen
left the ceremony immediately after the ribbon cutting and did not speak
to the reporters.