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Steelers notebook: Steelers have Pryor knowledge this week

| Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, a Jeannette graduate, catches a pass during practice at training camp Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Berea, Ohio.

The Steelers vow not to be surprised by anything the Browns throw at them on Sunday, and that includes Cleveland using Jeannette native Terrelle Pryor other than at wide receiver.

Pryor is in his second stint with the Browns this season and has made the transition to wide receiver. Pryor has played in two games, starting one and has not caught a pass.

However, anything is in play this week with Austin Davis getting the start for the Browns.

“We saw a little bit of wildcat formation from him, and they might even give him a bigger package (this week),” defensive end Cam Heyward said.

Pryor has had success against his hometown team. While with the Raiders in 2013 as a quarterback, Pryor rushed for 106 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown to upset the Steelers, 21-18.

“If they go with Terrelle Pryor, then fine,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “Is he going to run the zone read? We will see. If he does, we will have to adjust some of the things we are doing. We will be prepared.”

Vick assesses Ryan

Mike Vick played for Buffalo coach Rex Ryan for one year when both were with the Jets. Vick said he can vouch that Ryan will be fired up on Sunday when the Bills have a chance to knock off the Jets a year after they fired Ryan to keep them out of the playoffs, which would give the Steelers a chance to make the postseason.

“It has to mean everything to him right now,” Vick said. “For him to knock them out and them not to get in would be very satisfying for him.”

Not back to normal

Jarvis Jones had back-to-back monster sack seasons at Georgia, where he accumulated 28 sacks in 26 games, which prodded the Steelers to make him at first-round pick in 2013. He hasn't been nearly as successful in the NFL. Jones has five sacks in 35 games, two this season.

Jones said the transition from college to the pros has been frustrating.

“It's been three years, and I still haven't gotten back to where I feel that I need to be,” Jones said. “Sure, you want those individual stats, but we have to play together and do your job.”

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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