Clearly the Cincinnati Bengals were impressed enough with Terrelle Pryor that they inked the former Raiders quarterback to a one-year deal on Sunday. It goes beyond that for Pryor, who arrived in Cincinnati as an tryout invite for the rookie minicamp and left with a deal and the promise of competing for a spot on the 53-man roster.
"I'm sure they wanted to see: what type of leader is he in the huddle?" Pryor said via a story by Jim Owczarski with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"I think that's the main thing. Check on that and check out how do I teach the younger guys because they knew that there would be mess ups in terms of formations, protections, whatever the case may be. And see if I could get guys along in terms of that, get guys lined up and let's roll. I think they wanted to see that. But I don't know. You'd have to ask (offensive coordinator) Hue (Jackson) and coach Marv(in Lewis). But you know, I tried my hardest, worked my hardest, and it worked out."
What really stood out were the quotes from quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese:
"What is not to like?" Zampese said. "That guy is a worker. He's got skills. I just can't wait to take him as far as I can take him here, with the way we've got it structured with coach Jackson and the offensive staff and how we go about coaching the quarterback, I think it's very conducive to guys making large jumps."
Most are projecting AJ McCarron as the team's primary backup with Josh Johnson and Pryor competing for the third spot on the team's quarterback roster.