Mark Cannizzaro writes for the New York Post that one shouldn’t be too quick to judge rookie safety Calvin Pryor:
Pryor, only 22 years old, seems like a rookie who gets it. Sure, he has made some mistakes this season, perhaps the most egregious of which was being late for some meetings, which triggered his benching. But he, too, has not been put in an ideal position to succeed by the Jets’ coaches.
That, however, has been a cause-and-effect to the Jets’ cornerback position being ravaged by injuries. That has forced the Jets to play a lot more zone than the man-to-man head coach Rex Ryan loves to employ, and has forced them to play Pryor deeper in the back end. That compromises his most aggressive and impressive trait — the ferocious hitting he did in college that earned him the nickname “Louisville Slugger.’’
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
While Pryor has struggled to adjust to the NFL, he is still plenty talented and with better players around him he might not get as exposed as much as he has been this year.
That said, he still needs to learn to get better at technique like taking better angles at ballcarriers and understanding and communicating his role and responsibility within the scheme. Pryor might be the “most talented” coverage player at safety this year for the Jets, but maybe the Jets should consider deploying Pryor much more regularly around the line of scrimmage and drop a veteran player like Jarrett back into a coverage roles. It might seem counter intuitive, but based on the way Jarrett played last week and where Pryor might be more comfortable, the Jets should make the switch there before the season is out.
After the Jets-Bills game was moved out of Buffalo due to seven feet of snow for a Monday night tilt in Detroit, the NFL has announced that they will be giving away free tickets free to interested fans.
“We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night,” Lions president Tom Lewand said. “While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend.”
Tickets will be available to Lions season-ticket holders first on Friday and then to the general public starting Saturday via the Detroit Lions’ website. Tickets also can be claimed at Ford Field on Sunday and Monday prior to the 7 p.m. ET game. All of the tickets are general admission seating.
The Lions also will host a 50/50 raffle Monday night with benefits going to the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York Disaster Relief Fund.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
If you are a Jets fan in the Detroit area, this sounds like a great opportunity to go see your favorite team free of charge and, if you like contribute to a good cause that will benefit those affected by the storms in Western New York.
With the Buffalo snowstorm rendering Ralph Wilson Stadium an unplayable location, the Jets prepare for a Monday night game with the Bills at Detroit’s Ford Field.
“I hope so. I hope so. I hope there are a lot of Jets fans.”
-Rex Ryan on if Jets fans will turn out in Detroit on Monday
Rex Ryan said that every player on the Jets injury report is probable for Monday’s game against the Bills in Detroit.
All players fully practiced on Friday.
Ryan said the team will hold light conditioning on Saturday, before flying to Detroit on Sunday.
TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET
Join us at 2:00pm ET for our weekly TJB chat.
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Apologies for this extra requirement, but it will allow us to moderate the chat more effectively and prevent any abuse or vulgarity. The action gets underway at 2:00pm ET and the room will remain open over the weekend so you can return there during Sunday’s game.