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Terrelle Pryor shines in Ohio State homecoming at Orange and Brown scrimmage


COLUMBUS —** The Orange and Brown Scrimmage ended in what was perhaps fitting fashion.

On the final play of the afternoon, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor tracked down a long pass from quarterback Josh McCown and plucked the ball from the air. He zoomed into the end zone, outstretched his arms like an airplane, and ran over to the southeast bleachers at Ohio Stadium where he made an O-H-I-O cheer with his arms.

The moment underscored what was a standout performance from the former Ohio State quarterback and his transformation into an NFL receiver over the past year.

It was also a something of a homecoming for Pryor, who made his second trip to the Horseshoe since playing for the Buckeyes from 2008-10.

"Playing in here was electric. I'm sure there are a lot of Buckeye fans here, Browns fans. Hopefully, it's the upcoming of what's possibly to be, just making big plays, breaking tackles, making long runs and stuff like that," Pryor said Saturday. "I work hard for that, and I'm comfortable with urging and talking about us, making big plays because you have to see it to achieve it."

On a day the Browns trekked two hours down to Columbus in what head coach Hue Jackson described as another chance for evaluation, there was no shortage of big plays.

And Pryor, who caught two touchdown passes, was on the receiving end of several of them, continuing what's been an impressive training camp for the fifth-year player.

"He's done a tremendous job. There are a lot of guys that I can say that about, but he's definitely one. He has taken this opportunity and he is trying to make the most of it," said Jackson, who coached Pryor with the Raiders in 2011 and briefly in Cincinnati two summers ago.  

Pryor added, "It's just putting my head down and grinding, and watching other people do great things and watching some of the greats do it and watching the film on greats … I like watching great talent guys like Josh Gordon, Randy Moss. Guys like that, I like to put a little stuff in my basket and use it and do what I can do."

For Pryor, who was hampered by a hamstring injury in last year's Browns training camp, the switch to receiver has been a long and winding road that started five years ago in the Bay Area.

"Remember I drafted him with (late Raiders owner) Al Davis when he came out to Oakland. He couldn't do any football for six weeks, and he wanted to be a quarterback. That's what he really believed he was. I'll never forget last year when he was with me in Cincinnati for a little while and wanted to be a quarterback," Jackson said.

"I didn't have enough confidence to ask him to change positions at that time, and that's why we let him go — to be honest with you — because I felt like he needed to make a decision about what he needed to do."

Since then, Pryor has worked to master the nuances of playing receiver while making the most of his 6-foot-4 frame and 4.3-second 40-yard-dash speed.

"I think we see the fruit of his hard work," Jackson said. "That's what it is. He's worked extremely hard and that's what you see."

While Pryor looks poised to play a key role on the Browns offense this season, he downplayed the buzz surrounding his performance.

"I'm just doing my job," he said. "That's my 1/11th, to make that play when the ball's in the air and that's it."

It's an approach that served him well Saturday in a place he used to call home.

"Football's football, you know? No matter where it's at. It all feels the same and I know this is the most amazing crowd here, you know, Buckeyes and Browns fans are pretty awesome as well," he said.

"But football is football. When you're between the lines, I don't hear anything. I'm focused for that guy that's trying to stop me, and I'm coming for him. And that's it."

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