“Unfortunately I had Terrelle Pryor, too,” Boone said. “I could not stand any minute with him.
“The kid was so arrogant at the time. I hated everything about him.”
On Monday, reporters brought up Boone’s comments to Pryor, who seemed surprised to hear how Boone felt about him.
“I heard about that. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t know,” Pryor said. “You know, when you’re young, and you guys know this, all of us — when you’re young, you’re different. You act different. Your mind’s wired completely different. I’m 18 years old meeting this guy. I wish him well and that’s all I’ve got to say.”
Boone admitted in his interview that as a younger player he was very immature and almost lost his career to a drinking problem.
While Pryor did his best to take the high road, Boone’s needling of his former teammate didn’t end with “I hated everything about him”; he also asked the show hosts – twice – if Pryor still plays in the NFL.
“I think he’s getting closer each and every day,” Jackson said.
When he does, though, Gordon will need to lose weight.
His college coach Art Briles noticed it last week when he visited Cleveland Browns training camp, and his coach with the Browns acknowledges it.
“He’ll be the first to tell you that,” Jackson said. “He does, and we’re working through that process too.”
Numbers on pounds or kilograms were not provided, but Gordon clearly is not where Jackson wants him. It’s not a reason for alarm, merely a reality.
The Bears will continue to monitor Alshon Jeffery’s progress Tuesday following the receiver’s limited return to practice Monday. Dressed in full pads, Jeffery did not participate in any team or individual drills but rather worked exclusively on a side field. Still, Jeffery’s limited participation is a good sign the wideout’s mild hamstring injury is improving. Jeffery is not expected to play in Thursday’s exhibition opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos, but he could be cleared to practice in the near future. The Bears will also keep close eyes on receiver Eddie Royal and tight end Zach Miller, who are both sidelined with concussions. — Jeff Dickerson