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Browns gushing over Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman

After fielding the league's weakest group of wide receivers in 2015, the Cleveland Browns used this offseason to completely revamp the position.

After grabbing first-round pass-catcher Corey Coleman, the team drafted another trio of pass-catchers in Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins and Jordan Payton.

There's also the case of Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback-turned-receiver who drew positive reviews this week from senior offensive assistant/wideouts coach Al Saunders.

"The season is yet to come here, but I know one thing: He's improved by leaps and bounds," Saunders said of Pryor, per the team's official website. "It's really hard, that transition from the quarterback position to a wide receiver position, and the physical environment is so different. He's being asked to do things that he's never really been asked to do before. He's got to make a lot of ground up in that way, but every day he gets better, he does something that really gives me room for optimism that he has a future at that position."

Said Saunders: "We're really excited about him. He's dedicated himself in the classroom, and his work ethic is better and better and better. His efficiency is better and better and better. I look forward to getting him in training camp and see where we can go from there."

The 6-foot-5, 233-pound Pryor boasts freakish athletic ability, but nagging injuries and the positional adjustment made him a non-factor last season. Any production they net from Pryor would serve as a bonus, but Coleman will be asked to make plays right away.

"He's a tremendous player," coach Hue Jackson said of the rookie. "He's going to be pretty good. I ride him pretty hard because he has so much ability and I want to get it out of him. He's really shown why we drafted him in the first round. He is a tremendous talent. If he keeps working like he is and stays as humble and he has great desire to be a great football player, I think that's going to happen for him."

Jackson emphasized that Coleman still needs to "earn" a starting role, but it's hard to imagine anyone standing in his way. Veterans Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Marlon Moore are mere complementary pieces for a team waiting to find out if Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension will at last be lifted.

If nothing else, the Browns have finally addressed a position that the previous regime considered a non-priority in the draft. There's new faces, young talent -- and a wild-card on the roster in the form of Pryor. Add Gordon to the mix, and Jackson has the seeds of a passing game in Cleveland.

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