The shockwaves of Terrelle Pryor's historic performance against the Dolphins this past weekend continue reverberate inside the Browns locker room and around the league.
Pryor, who combined for 200 total yards receiving, passing and rushing in Miami, continues to emerge as a focal point in Cleveland's offense under head coach Hue Jackson, who coached him in 2011 with the Oakland Raiders. [
"There's a lot of things I know about Terrelle that maybe a lot of people don't. I'm talking about as far as what he is really capable of doing. I would say to all of you, he hasn't even scratched the surface of what he is," Jackson said Wednesday.
"I think he's growing each and every day as a football player, as a person. I just think he's getting better and I think his best football's still ahead of him, by far. He just has to keep working like he does every day and continue to get better and stay humble and be as good as he's been and good things will happen."
Pryor, the former Ohio State star quarterback-turned-receiver who enters his second season in Cleveland, certainly seems to have won the respect of his teammates for a gutsy display that watched him play wide receiver, quarterback and even safety for one play before halftime.
"He came in here with a chip on his shoulder and with something to prove, and I think he has proven it in a big way. He showed that he can be a quarterback, he can be a running back and he can be a receiver. He can do it all, and he is a big weapon," left tackle Joe Thomas said.
"That is a credit to Terrelle and his hard work that he has been putting in, but it is also a credit to Hue and finding a way to put a tremendous athlete on the field where he can make a difference."
Pryor's performance — which made him the first NFL player to register at least three passing attempts, three rushing attempts and three receptions in the same game since San Francisco's Billy Kilmer did so in 1964 — caught the eye of Washington coach Jay Gruden.
"I think he showed a lot as far as his football instincts and ability, being able to line up at receiver, running back and quarterback and all the things that he does – run the ball, catch the ball, track the ball when the ball's in the air. Obviously, a great athlete and a force to be reckoned with," Gruden said on a conference call with reporters.
"I can see them doing a lot of different things with him. That's something we've got to be aware of. Where is No. 11 at?"
Just call him BC
After an interception return for a touchdown in his NFL debut, Browns rookie defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun — or just "BC" to Jackson and his teammates — could see more playing time, especially if Joe Haden can't suit up Sunday because of a groin injury.
"You prepare for the opportunity and the more you prepare, the more ready you'll be. I think everyone on this team does a good job of that. That's why you see guys coming out here ready to play. It's because they put the work in throughout the week," said Boddy-Calhoun, who stepped in for the injured Haden last weekend.
"Come Sunday, the game is easy. I think if you just prepare the right way and take practice as serious as the game, I think you'll be fine when Sunday comes."
Boddy-Calhoun, an undrafted free agent from Minnesota, joined the Browns off waivers in September and played 57 of 61 defensive snaps against the Dolphins.
"He's talented. He has quickness, suddenness. He has a nose for the ball. He is not afraid to tackle and mix it up. He has good coverage skills. (Vice President of Player Personnel) A.B., Andrew Berry, and (EVP of Football Operations) Sashi (Brown) and our group, we did a great job," Jackson said.
"I remember sitting there watching tape of him and a few other guys for quite a while. And again, that is a credit to A.B. and Sash. You have to go find guys to make your team better and I think he is a good find for us, so we are glad he is here."
'Focused' Danny Shelton keeps producing**
Through three games, second-year nose tackle Danny Shelton continues to create problems for opposing offenses, whether it's clogging up running lanes or helping the Browns in their pass rush.
"I feel like I'm more focused this season. I have more determination to produce for the team," said Shelton, who dropped 30 pounds in the offseason.
Shelton — who has totaled 16 tackles so far this year — said he also sees a certain focus from Cleveland's front seven, a relatively young bunch that might be starting to find its groove.
"It's just really understanding how the NFL is. Really understanding the situation that players are going to leave and players are going to come in, you just have to continue to do your job," he said.
"Being a young team, I know they are definitely feeling that. I don't want to say it's stress, but at the same time, we are trying to work together and continue to communicate so we can grow as a young team."
'Our performance is our signature'
Much like Boddy-Calhoun, another late waiver pickup, outside linebacker Corey Lemonier, could also see his role increased this next week with Nate Orchard (ankle) out for the foreseeable future.
"He will get more time and we will mix and match as we have been doing all year when guys go out. One thing that I keep saying about this team is they don't get caught up in all that. We have guys here that are here to play. Our performance is our signature," Jackson said.
Lemonier, whose strip sack of Ryan Tannehill and subsequent fumble recovery in the fourth quarter, helped the Browns force overtime in Miami this past weekend.
"Every guy that puts on a helmet – I've heard (defensive coordinator) Ray (Horton) say that before – is going to play, and we try to live up to that," Jackson said. "Some more than others, but we do try to have guys go out there and play as well as they can."
Jackson on Alvin Bailey
Jackson said the Browns will follow league protocol with offensive lineman Alvin Bailey.
"Obviously, this is a league matter. When those kind of things that happen, I'm not very excited about it at all," he said. "There will be consequences for it … We'll do what we feel is right."
Jackson added the club hasn't decided whether Bailey, who is listed as the team's starter at right guard, will play against the Redskins on Sunday.