BY SPNW Staff 08:17PM 08/29/2014

Terrelle Pryor to be among Seahawks cuts to 53

To little surprise, Terrelle Pryor will be cut to help the Seahawks roster get down to 53 Saturday, according to Pro Football Talk and other league sources. In four preseason games, Pryor showed some flashes, but not enough wise decisions or passing accuracy to dislodge the incumbent backup, Tarvaris Jackson.

Acquired from Oakland, where he started nine games in 2013, for a seventh-round draft choice, Pryor was seen as a low-risk gamble because his superior athleticism created intrigue. There was a possibility that a strong preseason showing might interest another team in trading a draft choice for Pryor, but that hasn’t happened so far.

He completed 53.8 percentĀ  of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions, but had one of the top plays of the preseason, a 44-yard scramble from the pocket for a touchdown against San Diego.

Coach Pete Carroll has almost always gone with two quarterbacks, and keeping a third who was unlikely to play at all would rob another position of important depth.

After his acquisition there was speculation that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder might be a receiver, tight end or H-back. But he remained at QB throughout and admitted during camp he doesn’t have hands good enough to catch in the NFL.

Two teams with backup QB needs reside in the NFC West — San Francisco and St. Louis. After the mandatory cutdown deadline passes at 1 p.m. Saturday, one or both may take a flyer on his services.



  • RadioGuy

    Sad to see but not surprising. Pryor had his moments during the preseason (and I love the guy’s work ethic), but Jackson was steadier and less mistake-prone. TP had a fair shot, which is all any player can ask, but it didn’t go his way.

    Good luck at your next stop, Terrelle. You impressed me as a better guy than you were painted as in your OSU days and I hope you go on to a successful pro football career.

    • jafabian

      If Matt Flynn can bounce back after getting cut by the Hawks and Raiders so can Terelle.

      • art thiel

        Everyone in the Seahawks crowd that I heard from is supportive of him.

    • art thiel

      As we have seen, NCAA rules on amateurism have been absurd compared to the real world, and soon to be proven illegal. So that never mattered.

      He just isn’t an NFL-quality passer.

  • jafabian

    If the Rams pick him up this will work out better for him. He has a better chance of playing there than here.

    • art thiel

      Agreed, although I’d be surprised if Jeff Fisher thinks Pryor is an upgrade over the backup he trusts.

  • Meaningsx

    Convert him to a RB? Or a hybrid TE, that can line up at WR. Certainly has the build for it.

    • art thiel

      As I wrote, Pryor claims he can’t catch. And if he doesn’t want to change positions, then getting cut is the consequence.