While I take it as a rule of thumb to never get too excited by what’s said in football training camps around May and June, I can’t help but get excited when good things are being said about one of my many hype-trains.
Well, time to get excited.
In an interview Sunday, Kirk Cousins was asked about his new wide receiver and how he was fitting into the offense. Here’s what he had to say:
“He’s an enthusiastic guy. He’s always wanting to run another route. ‘Let’s try it again, let’s do it again,’ just a positive attitude and he’s been a joy to work with thus far.
I’m really looking forward to trying to get him as many touches as possible and allow him to impact our team in any way he can.”
It’s no wonder Cousins is excited about Terrelle Pryor, given that the 6-foot-4 receiver managed to catch 77 balls for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns last year despite playing for a Browns team that started four different quarterbacks.
And it’s no wonder I’m excited about this quote since Cousins says he wants to get Pryor “as many touches as possible”. That’s the fantasy dream right there! Yes, this is just all offseason talk and most likely this is just Cousins trying to hype up the newcomer.
But maybe not.
Washington did just have a mass exodus at receiver this offseason losing Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, both of whom led the team in targets last year. That’s 216 targets that just up and vanished from Washington’s offense. Some of those targets will get sprinkled around between Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed of course, but there are a lot of targets up for grabs in Washington. And it would seem Pryor is doing all the right things to receive most of those.
Pryor put together a top 20 fantasy receiver season last year, scoring over 135 total points and averaging 8.5 FPPG. On. The. Browns. Imagine what he can do when he’s the focal point of an offense that is actually good. Cousins threw for almost 5,000 yards last year and had 25 touchdowns. He was the fifth best fantasy quarterback in terms of total points last year. This pairing has the chance to be fantasy gold, and it sounds like the connection is already brewing.
The Pryor hype-train is in full force and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.