FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Terrelle Pryor said he wants to retire with the Jets.
For it to happen, the 6-4, 228-pound wide receiver must stay healthy, something he didn’t do last season, when he lasted only nine games with the Redskins. Pryor injured the deltoid ligament in his ankle in Week 1, tried to play through it and eventually had season-ending surgery.
When asked if 2017 was a lost year, Pryor said: “I wouldn’t say lost. I learned a lot, for me being injured. Week 1 tearing my deltoid was a horrible feeling. There were times I was going out there and I was just falling on my face after running routes because it was so hard. After Week 7, I said, ‘I can’t do it no more.’ And that’s when I decided to get the surgery.”
In 2016, Pryor emerged as a legitimate threat at receiver when he caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Browns. The converted quarterback left in free agency and signed a one-year, $6-million deal with the Redskins. Injuries limited him to 20 catches for 240 yards with one touchdown.
He went into free agency looking for a new team, with the selling point that his 2016 season is the real Pryor. The Jets signed him to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, and Pryor said playing in coordinator Jeremy Bates’ West Coast offense and working with receivers coach Karl Dorrell was important to him.
“It’s big, I love it here,” said Pryor, who will turn 29 Wednesday. “I’d like to finish my career here, so I want to come out and have a great year.”
Pryor believes the Jets’ wide receivers’ group is deep, and he brings so much. He was a major threat for the Browns, compiling three 100-yard games and being targeted in double digits six times.
Dorrell said Thursday this is the best group he’s had in his four seasons with the Jets. Besides deep threat Robby Anderson, the Jets have Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa and Pryor, who can stretch the defense and catch passes over the middle.
“We’re versatile, different guys who can do different things,” Pryor said. “We got Robby who can run and take the top off, and Kearse, he controls and handles the whole middle, and we got Quincy, he’s just a beast. With me, I’m going to do what I’m going to do.”
Pryor injured his left ankle again during offseason workouts. It wasn’t the same injury as before, but he did need a walking boot. He got out of the boot Wednesday and hopes to be ready for training camp. He’s confident he’ll play well.
“Weird things happen, dealing with an injury like that and not being able to really practice a lot and not being able to go hard and actually run routes and be into the game,” he said. “I had four drops last year, a lot of drops, and really couldn’t focus on my game because I was more worried about my foot. It took control of my mind. Right now, I’m healthy, I’m ready to get back to form and have a dominant year.”
LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) said he expects to be ready when training camp opens next month. But it’s up to the training staff to give him medical clearance. . . . RBs coach Stump Mitchell said second-year back Elijah McGuire has the skill set of Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson. . . . The Jets signed free-agent DL Courtney Upshaw. He was a second-round pick by the Ravens in 2012 and played all 70 games, including playoffs, as a linebacker from 2012-15. He was a defensive lineman with the Falcons the past two seasons.