Terrelle Pryor was instrumental to a solid showing from the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Though they fell to the Miami Dolphins in overtime for their third consecutive loss to open the season, a win was very much in reach—Cody Parkey missed field goals from 41, 42, and 46 yards before the contest went into extra time. In Week 2, Parkey had an extra point blocked and returned for two points, and the team was the victim of one of the worst end-of-game calls you'll ever see before losing by five.
And while one blowout loss followed by two narrow defeats should be encouraging for a squad that's had just two winning seasons in the last 19 years, Pryor is taking the improvements to heart in a big way.
He thinks they can win out and go 13-3.
"We're so close to getting over that hump,'' Pryor told cleveland.com. "Once we get over that hump, I think we're going to have a lot of success, even this year. … I think we can win all the rest of the games. It depends on our mindset. It depends on how we look at it. It's just one week at a time.''
Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, whom the Browns will see in Weeks 11 and 17, responded with a jab at the Ohio State alum on Twitter.
Maybe he was talking about Ohio State! pic.twitter.com/5eF09RoJms
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) September 28, 2016
Pryor was all over the field for Cleveland in Week 3. He led the team with eight catches and 144 receiving yards. The former Buckeyes quarterback also took 14 snaps in the wildcat, completing 3-of-5 passes for 35 yards, and rushing four times for 21 yards and a touchdown.
After injuries to Robert Griffin and Josh McCown, the team is deploying third-string quarterback Cody Kessler, a rookie out of USC. He was selected in the third round of the draft this offseason and was surprisingly competent in his debut, completing 21-of-33 passes for 244 yards with no picks or touchdowns.