Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor doesn’t have a win this season, but he did take the high road on social media Sunday following his team’s 27-13 loss to the New York Giants.
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, New York cornerback Janoris Jenkins "tore into" Pryor on Twitter after the game and said the receiver’s six-catch and 131-yard performance was because of zone coverage instead of straight man-to-man.
Pryor responded with two complimentary tweets and didn’t take the bait. He also said Jenkins was one of the best cornerbacks in the league:
You are a great corner. Solid defender! You played a solid game. God Bless !! Good luck rest of year https://t.co/Lomh8ke4YW
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) November 27, 2016 — Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) November 27, 2016
NFL on ESPN screencapped one of Jenkins’ since-deleted tweets:
Terrelle Pryor took the high road on Sunday after Giants CB Janoris Jenkins tore into him on Twitter. https://t.co/Emry97Tq89 pic.twitter.com/iKObpqGoGT
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 28, 2016
In another deleted tweet, Jenkins justified why Pryor had so many yards, stating, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Lol, cause he sucks, he caught balls n Zone coverage.. HeASh*tEaterToMe."
Raanan noted Pryor’s biggest play was a 54-yard catch that came against rookie Eli Apple instead of Jenkins.
Still, the former Ohio State quarterback turned in an impressive showing after Jenkins told Giants reporters he didn’t see Pryor as much of a threat "because he is another receiver" who is "just big" leading up to the game, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
The 6’4" Pryor responded to that quote on Twitter as well:
Talk is talk. We will see Sunday. Never wanted to play the game as much as I do this Sunday ! https://t.co/qjhkW8G8X2
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) November 25, 2016
The receiver’s outing was part of what has been a breakout season. Pryor has 855 receiving yards and five total touchdowns on the campaign and has made life difficult on a number of cornerbacks.
Even though Pryor has turned some heads from an individual standpoint, Jenkins has the last laugh when it comes to the standings. The Giants are 8-3 following the victory and in the thick of the NFC playoff race, while Cleveland dropped to an abysmal 0-12.
The Giants will likely face a number of talented receivers like Pryor if and when they reach the playoffs. Fortunately for them, they will have what Pryor called a "great corner" in Jenkins to slow those playmakers in the most critical moments.