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Terrelle Pryor excited to sign with Jaguars, says Tom Coughlin’s ‘history with receivers’ brought him to Jacksonville

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Terrelle Pryor was excited when the Jacksonville Jaguars called him up earlier this month to sign during OTAs — after all, the team has a top defense, an improved quarterback, a solid offensive line, and a young group of receivers.

They also have Tom Coughlin.

When speaking about Coughlin, Pryor has a deep respect for how the man thinks about the wide receiver position — how he uses them, coaches them, and maximized their production both with the Jaguars and New York Giants.

“His view of receivers and how he teaches it, even when he was a head coach,” Pryor told ESPN’s Mike DiRocco on Friday. “I remember working out for him back in 2015. I was hurt coming off of the Browns and I got cut from the Browns in the preseason. I worked out for the Giants, and I was excited because I knew about Coughlin’s history with receivers and stuff. When I worked out for him and he didn’t sign me, I was kind of bummed out.”

Headed into his fifth season (and seventh team) as a wide receiver converted from quarterback, Pryor thinks his injury history that has hampered him is a thing of the past.

“The problem for me these past two years was really my foot,” he said. “After I tore my ankle two years ago, it was just so hard starting and stopping. Finally, it’s to the point where I don’t have any pain and I don’t feel any stoppage on my ankle. I was really battling something there. I prayed to God and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to even come back and be able to have my foot exactly how I feel. It feels good.”

Pryor has 1,563 career receiving yards on just 115 receptions, a 13.6-yards-per catch average.