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Jul 30, 2015; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (87) runs the ball during training camp at the Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Waive Terrelle Pryor, Claim Robert Turbin

Despite what seemed like a productive preseason for the former quarterback turned wide receiver, the Browns have opted to waive Terrelle Pryor, according to Pro Football Talk.

Cleveland wasted little time in filling that roster spot though, with ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reporting that the team has already claimed former Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin. Turbin, still recovering from an ankle sprain, is expected to be game ready “in a few weeks”.

The abrupt news quickly derailed the Pryor hype train chugging steadily in Cleveland for much of the 2015 preseason. After a whirlwind college career at Ohio State University filled with awards and allegations, the freakish athlete turned his attention to the NFL, but failed to catch on as a quarterback, resulting in a positional change this past offseason.

However, it’s hard to fault the Browns’ reasoning behind this roster change. Pryor – while naturally talented and showing a willingness to improve – is nonetheless incredibly raw at a position where Cleveland desperately needs some veteran stability.

Turbin, meanwhile, will join the team to provide depth at running back, after the Browns traded Terrance West to Tennessee last week. Despite already being a three-year veteran, Turbin remains a very fresh athlete, having spent the entirety of his career behind the tireless Marshawn Lynch in Seattle.

He will likely form the final string of a three-headed rushing attack in Cleveland, which includes fan favourite Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, the zippy former Hurricane who has already been turning heads at practice. The move may not thrill Browns or OSU homers, but it’s undoubtedly the right one.

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