Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor believes he'll be ready for the start of training camp after suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him for OTAs and minicamp.
"We're progressing very well," Pryor told reporters on the final day of minicamp. "It was a minor injury like everyone has been saying. Hopefully we can get back on pace pretty fast. We're headed towards that direction."
The sixth-year wideout said Jets head trainer John Mellody and head coach Todd Bowles have the final say on whether or not he'll suit up at the start of training camp in late July. Pryor recently ditched his walking boot, but this injury is unrelated to last year's foot ailment that eventually caused him to land on Injured Reserve.
Pryor said he's ready to regain his 2016 form when he reeled in 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns with the Browns. Last year, Pryor only recorded 20 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown in nine games (two starts) as he tore his deltoid [ligament] in Week 1, but tried to play through the pain. He said the agony would sometimes cause him to fall on his face after running routes and he then decided to shut it down and get surgery.
"Weird things happen," Pryor said. "Dealing with an injury like that and not being able to practice a lot and go hard and actually run routes, I couldn't really think about it when I'm running routes and doing different things. I had four drops last year, a lot of drops. I couldn't really focus on my game because I was more worried about my foot.
"Now, I'm healthy and ready to get back to form and have a dominant year."
The former Ohio State quarterback is excited about joining a receivers room that WRs coach Karl Dorrell believes is the deepest group he's coached in his four years with the Green & White. Although Dorrell said he hasn't worked much with Pryor, he appreciates his study habits.
"He'll be back soon, but the one thing I love about Terrelle is that he's in every meeting," Dorrell said. "He doesn't miss anything. He's a pain in the butt in the training room because he wants to get everything done. He's just really good about trying to get back with some urgency and that's what I like as a coach. He wants to get back as soon as he can.
"He's thirsty about getting back on the field, getting some reps in this offense and also improving some of his technique. So all the things a coach loves to hear right there. We're excited."
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Pryor believes Dorrell can help him take his game to the "next level," which is one of the reasons he signed with the team in March. The 6'4", 228-pounder is excited about the rest of the receivers as a unit and believes it can be "pretty darn good" because of their versatility.
"We have to push each other," Pryor said. "When we get back for camp, we have to push each other and make each other better. I've talked to Jamal [Adams] a couple times and told him you guys have to push us and bring the best out of us every day because I'm going to bring it out of them. It has to be a back and forth thing. We're a team."