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Terrelle Pryor was signed to be a quarterback, Andy Reid says

Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston sacked then-Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor in 2013.
Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston sacked then-Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor in 2013. The Kansas City Star

One might be tempted to look at quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s athleticism and 6-foot-4, 233-pound frame and think the Chiefs could have possibly signed him in January to play another position, like receiver.

Not so, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

“We’re going to give him an opportunity to play quarterback and see how he does,”Reid said. “He’s there lifting everyday and doing his thing. We can’t meet with him but he shows up everyday and does what he can do.”

Reid said there hasn’t been any consideration of moving Pryor to another position.

“No, not right now we haven’t,” Reid said. “We think he’s a quarterback, and I think that’s what he wants to be.”

Pryor played 14 games for the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and 2013 and completed 170 of 302 passes (56.3 percent) for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Pryor, who starred collegiately at Ohio State, also rushed 93 times for 627 yards and three touchdowns.

The Raiders dealt Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks in April for a seventh-round pick. He completed 21 of 39 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the preseason but was released before the 2014 season.

The Chiefs currently have five quarterbacks on their roster: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray and Pryor.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerezPaylor.

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