In the second quarter, Cody Kessler threw his first NFL touchdown pass, finding Terrelle Pryor for the score. The receiving touchdown was also the first of Pryor’s young wide receiver career.
The Browns are in a singleback formation with two tight ends on the right side. On the snap, the Browns use play-action to set up the routes. Andrew Hawkins is the receiver to the far right and Terrelle Pryor is on the left.
They both run crossing routes into the end zone. The Redskins defense is in man coverage and Pryor is being guarded by Pro Bowl corner Josh Norman on the left side of the formation. As the play develops and Hawkins and Pryor cross each other on the routes, he gains a step of separation on Norman. The Redskins blitz seven on the play and give trust to the secondary to be lockdown. The Redskins blitz closes in on Kessler quick and is forced to make a decision.
The single high safety goes to cover Pryor as well when he crosses. Pryor as a step of separation but is still covered by two defenders.
Kessler has great poise sticking in the pocket with a heavy rush coming. Kessler knows he’s about to take a big hit and stands in the pocket and throws a perfectly placed ball to Pryor. Although Pryor was in tight coverage, the play shows the elite accuracy Kessler has.
It was an impressive first touchdown throw for the rookie as he led Pryor to the right corner of the end zone, away from the trailing defensive backs. Hue Jackson has praised Kessler for his accuracy and he demonstrated it on this play.