Quarterback Terrelle Pryor returns to the state that made him a college star, by signing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 25-year-old, former Ohio State Buckeye, signed with the team on Sunday (May 10), following a weekend tryout.
According to ESPN, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was impressed with Pryor after just the first day of the rookie camp, saying Friday that he “hit a lot of balls and did a lot of good things for the first time being back around me in a number of years.”
He previously coached Pryor when he was the Oakland Raiders’ head coach in 2011. He was also the one who selected Pryor with the first overall pick in the 2011 supplemental draft.
It works out for Pryor, who said earlier this weekend, that he didn’t want to play any other position besides quarterback, though he does have the size and speed to be used elsewhere.
“If I can’t play quarterback, I can’t play football — I’m pretty much done,” he said.
Following his stint with the Raiders from 2011 to 2013, he joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, but was cut at the end of the last preseason camp. In 2015, he played with the Chiegs for five months.
Andy Dalton is currently the starter for the Bengals. He has led the team to four straight playoff appearances, though they’ve lost in each Wildcard round.