For this week’s breakdown, we’ll look at the Terrelle Pryor pass and run plays that he took as the Browns quarterback/wildcat back last week against the Dolphins.
On the day, Pryor completed three passes on five attempts for 35 yards (7 yards per attempt), while he rushed the ball four times for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Pryor’s usage on these plays ranged from basic to potentially creative, and the Browns further development of Pryor in this role could continue based on the somewhat ambiguous timeline of Josh McCown’s return.
However, if Pryor shows that he can be productive in this role, his use as the Browns’ situational quarterback/wildcat back may continue even when McCown returns.
Let’s get to the breakdown of Terrelle Pryor’s day.
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Dolphins: 7 Browns: 0 (1st – 9:43)
- This play is a designed run out of a triple option look with really only two options: the give to Isaiah Crowell or the keep for Pryor.
- The read for Pryor is the right defensive end, Andre Branch; if he collapses, Pryor keeps the ball; it’s a veer read.
- Because Branch is blocked through the read, it’s possible that Randall Telfer was supposed to get up field past Branch and provide another downfield block.
Dolphins: 7 Browns: 0 (1st – 9:05)
- The Browns run a zone read look, but as we will see later when they run this play again, it appears that this play is designed for Pryor to keep the ball and look to pass down field.
- The Dolphins are completely thrown off; one of Koa Misi, Kiko Alonso, or Reshad Jones is responsible for Gary Barnidge.
Dolphins: 7 Browns: 0 (1st – 7:45)
- The Browns run a smash route combination to the field side of the formation.
- Isaiah Crowell gets stuck against Cameron Wake in pass protection as the Browns are in area pass protection to that side.
- It doesn’t look like this is a designed rollout, rather, just a regular drop back.
Dolphins: 7 Browns: 0 (1st – 3:35)
- The fact that Pryor keeps the ball on this play after the left side of the line—the read side—is pushed back makes me think that this is a designed keep for Pryor. Or he just makes a bad read and should have given the ball to Duke Johnson.
- What ‘s interesting about this play is that the Browns have diversified their underneath run on the read with a counter/power run; this is popular at other levels of football and the Panthers like to do this with Cam Newton.
Dolphins: 10 Browns: 13 (3rd – 12:55)
- This is the exact same play as the first pass play completed to Barnidge but to the opposite side of the field; the Dolphins are much more prepared this time around.
- Seeing this play and watching Pryor keep the ball on the zone read look after Cameron Wake doesn’t collapse on the line makes me think this is a designed keep and pass play.
Dolphins: 17 Browns: 13 (3rd – 5:12)
- This is a zone read with Andre Branch as the read defender; he collapses and Pryor keeps the ball.
- Pryor may have been able to turn the ball up field; a theme on his runs from last week against the Dolphins is that he doesn’t stay within the structure of the play.
Dolphins: 24 Browns: 13 (4th – 13:06)
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- The Browns move the pocket on a designed rollout that looks to get the ball to Andrew Hawkins on an out route.
Dolphins: 24 Browns: 13 (4th – 10:45)
- Because of a penalty on Ndamukong Suh, this was a no-play but I thought we would look at it anyway.
- This is another example of Pryor going off script; he doesn’t follow his blocks, and from the end zone angle, you can see that he had a wide-open lane with blockers in front of him.
Dolphins: 24 Browns: 13 (4th – 10:19)
- This is the same play as the previous play but to the opposite side of the field.
- The play is a counter/power left with Alvin Bailey pulling from the right guard spot.
- Like the previous play, Pryor doesn’t follow his blocks when he has an open lane with blockers up the middle; because he only needs one yard, he’s able to beat Kiko Alonso in a foot race to the end zone.
Dolphins: 24 Browns: 24 (4th – 5:27)
- This could potentially be an RPO with Donald Butler (#56) as the read man. Butler is the linebacker on the boundary side of the formation. If Butler crashes into the box, there are only two defenders to cover the screen to the top of the formation. If Butler stays wide to help with the screen, Pryor would give the ball to Crowell; Butler staying wide would mean one less man in the box to help with the run.
- This also could just be a designed screen.
Dolphins: 24 Browns: 24 (4th – 1:56)
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- Like the previous play, this could be an RPO, or it could just be a designed screen.
- The issue with this play is that Malcolm Johnson trips up Gary Barnidge.
For the Browns to be successful in the long run with Terrelle Pryor in the wildcat/situational quarterback role, Pryor needs to follow his blockers and open lanes in the run game. As a passer, whatever success he has will feed off of his success as a runner and the threat of the ground game. If the Browns decide to implement RPOs in their use of Pryor, there is a much higher limit to the ways in which Pryor can be used as an offensive weapon. If the Browns plan to use Pryor in more traditional ways, look for teams around the league to catch up to Pryor and the Browns very soon.
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