New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles isn’t expecting Terrelle Pryor to be ready for training camp, but the wide receiver doesn’t share that outlook.
“Right now I’m healthy and I’m ready to get back to form and have a dominant year,” Pryor told the New York Post on Thursday on the final day of New York’s mandatory minicamp. “For now, in my mind, I’ll be there the first day.”
Pryor has been sidelined throughout the offseason workouts after undergoing arthroscopic ankle surgery in November.
On Wednesday, Pryor had a boot removed from his right foot, leading to Bowles’ observation that the veteran wideout could open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
“I can’t really tell you right now how he heals fast or slow, so we’re just going to take it week-by-week,” said Bowles.
Pryor had a disappointing season in 2017 with the Washington Redskins, catching only 20 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown after he signed a one-year, $8 million contract. That was a major drop-off in production after Pryor erupted for 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four scores the previous season with the Cleveland Browns.
The soon-to-be 29-year-old blamed the decline in production to a torn ligament he sustained in the 2017 season opener, an injury that Pryor said prevented him from practicing much.
“I just really couldn’t focus on my game, because I was too worried about my foot,” Pryor told the newspaper. “It kind of took control and controlled my mind.”
Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson expects a big bounce-back year from Pryor, who played quarterback both in college and for his first three NFL seasons before he was shifted to wideout.
“Tremendous athlete. How can you go from quarterback and go to receiver and still produce?” said Johnson said. “He can body little cornerbacks, he’s fast, he has (good) hands also. He’s physical at the line of scrimmage. He’s going to be a perfect asset to this team.”