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Redskins safety DJ Swearinger makes Terrelle Pryor flinch with fake punch

DJ Swearinger, Terrelle Pryor

The New York Jets and the Washington Redskins are currently participating in joint practices, giving both teams the chance to square up against each other as they prepare for the new season.

As a result, Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is going up against his former team for the first time since joining New York earlier this offseason. During a recent scrimmage between both sides, a pass intended for Pryor was broken up by the Redskins, and things proceeded to escalate with safety DJ Swearinger trash talking to the point where he took a fake swing at his former teammate.

The fact that Pryor flinched only intensified Swearinger’s trash talking, claiming he owns him on the field in coverage. It is not a good look for Pryor with his new peers, as it can essentially be deemed that Swearinger has a mental edge over the veteran wideout. It also speaks to another reason why his tenure with the Redskins was so short, lasting just one season.

Although Pryor’s lone year in Washington was highly impacted by nagging injuries that limited him to just nine games played, he didn’t show to convince the team that he can be a long-term piece of the puzzle. The lack of confidence in his ability likely led to teammates, like Swearinger, holding that intimidation factor over him. Being fearful of an opponent in any setting is a problem in football.

That said, it adds another storyline that should spice up the upcoming preseason matchup between both teams later this week. The game may be meaningless, but it does shed light on the lingering feelings the Redskins have concerning how Pryor’s time unfolded in disappointing fashion in Washington last season.