Pryor had himself a historic day as he recorded 200 all-purpose yards through passing, receiving and rushing. He recorded eight catches for 144 yards, four rushes for 21 yards and completed three of five passes for 35 yards. Pryor gave the Browns a new dimension with his versatility as a playmaker. Without the creative usage of Pryor, the offense may not have been able to stay in the game.
This first play comes from the Browns’ second offensive drive of the game. This is the first time in the game Pryor is used at quarterback. On the play, Pryor lines up under center, but shifts to a pistol set.
In the backfield, Pryor has fullback Malcolm Johnson to his left and tight end Randall Telfer to his right, while Crowell is the tailback. The play is read-option, and Pryor reads the end man on the line of scrimmage and has a choice to hand off to Crowell or keep it himself and get to the outside.
The left defensive end crashes hard on the run and Pryor makes the right decision to keep it himself and get to the edge. With Pryor’s speed and athleticism he is able to excel in space and pick up a solid gain of 15 yards. This was a great play call early in the game by Hue Jackson to relieve some of the pressure on Cody Kessler and to get his best playmaker the ball in space on the outside.
On the very next play, the Browns line up again with Pryor as the quarterback in shotgun with Crowell to his left. After setting up the run on the previous play, the Dolphins defense is now keyed on stopping the run with Pryor in at quarterback.
On the play, Pryor sells the run to Crowell on the play-action fake. The Dolphins linebackers are sold on the fake and attack downhill to play the run. Pryor rolls to his left where he has a wide open passing lane. Tight end Gary Barnidge is the end man on the line of scrimmage on the right.
On the play fake, the Dolphins defenders don’t account for Barnidge, and Barnidge has a free release off the line of scrimmage and runs wide open across the field. Pryor makes an accurate throw to his tight end for a big gain. These two plays were perfectly scripted by Hue Jackson and set up to fool the Miami defense and it did exactly that.