CLEVELAND, Ohio — Over and over, I keep looking at the list of Cleveland Browns receivers.
I keep thinking someone is missing.
Terrelle Pryor is gone. For the most part, I understand that.
Pryor’s agents completely misjudged the market for the Ohio State product.
The Browns offered him a four-year, $32 million deal ($17 million guaranteed), which Pryor’s agents quickly turned down.
Nearly as fast, veteran receiver Kenny Britt signed it. Here is how the two players compare:
1. The 28-year-old Britt caught 68 passes for the Los Angeles Rams last season, a 14.7-yard average with five TDs and five drops.
2. The 28-year-old Pryor caught 77 passes for the Browns, a 13.1-yard average with four TDs and four drops.
3. Both were with losing teams that had bad quarterback play. Browns fans know the story here with Robert Griffin III, etc. Britt’s quarterbacks with the Rams were Case Keenum and Jared Goff. The Rams ranked No. 31 in passing, the Browns were No. 28.
4. Analytics people love YAC (Yards After Catch). How far do you run after making a reception? Pryor was terrible in this category at 2.1 yards. That’s probably what hurt him on the open market. In fact, Pryor had a tendency to run BACKWARDS after a catch, sometimes LOSING yards.
5. Britt was 4.5 YAC, about the league average.
6. Football Outsiders is a respected analytics site. It puts together a ranking of receivers. There were 93 who caught at least 50 passes thrown to them last season. They ranked Britt at No. 28, Pryor at 51. No other Browns are ranked because no other Browns receiver had at least 50 catches.
7. Pryor ended up signing a one-year, $8…
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