Only months after Jets DL
“Want a sneaky pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year? How about Jets safety Calvin Pryor, who instantly endeared himself to Gang Green faithful by announcing his hatred for the Patriots and Giants,” penned NFL.com Around the League writer Marc Sessler. “He's backed up his talk in practice, with ESPN.com's Louis Riddick hearing the hammer-dropping run-stuffer has been 'special.'"
I'm told that based on what he's done to THIS point in off-season, #Jets SAF Calvin Pryor has been "special". Pads should confirm in camp.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) June 9, 2014
Unfortunately we will have to wait until late July for pads as the Jets will conclude their offseason program this week with a three-day mandatory minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center.
The 6’2”, 208-pound Pryor, a Louisville product taken with the No. 18 overall selection, has the ability to be a tone-setter for a defensive backfield undergoing significant changes.
“We expect this young man is going to contribute and in a big way for us,” said head coach Rex Ryan.
While Pryor possesses desirable leadership traits, he knows he has a lot to learn. The rookie has a great resource in the secondary’s QB —
Pryor is more than just a box safety as he totaled 7 INTs and 14 PD in three bone-crushing seasons with the Cardinals. His mere presence should help a Jets defense that finished just 31st in takeaways last season with 15 because Pryor can jar the bar loose and make a receiver or two short-arm a ball on occasion.
“I look to intimidate guys right away. Come downhill and just smack people and let them know there is no fear in me,” he told me hours after he was drafted. “I play fearless, I’m going to fly around to the ball and I look forward to be an enforcer right away.”