Calvin Pryor on the stage

Jets sign Calvin Pryor

The Jets have signed first-round draft pick Calvin Pryor, the team announced.

The 21-year-old Pryor is listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 207 pounds.

“This young man is an enforcer,” Rex Ryan said of his new safety.

Pryor is considered one of the hardest hitters in the draft and possibly the top safety in the draft (NFL). Pryor made 218 tackles in his three seasons at Louisville. He had seven interceptions over his collegiate career, three in his junior season. Pryor had two forced fumbles last season, too.

Pryor did not participate in OTAs due to a tooth issue (TJB, May 28).

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Sheldon Richardson joked about Pryor getting to practice, but Pryor wouldn’t be the first rookie to have tooth issues. Last year, Richardson himself was sidelined with some dental distress. The hope here is that tooth issues as a Jet rookie translate to DROY awards.

The slotting system, of course, has made signing rookies much simpler since the new CBA was signed back in 2011. The Jets are expecting good things from their first rounder, making him the team’s sixth first rounder on defense since 2010. Pryor will help to overhaul the Jets secondary and do so in a way that will benefit the Rex Ryan scheme. Safeties haven’t been a priority for Ryan’s defense over the years, but with the influx of spread and hybrid offenses and the requisite “F” receivers that accompany them, Pryor will be well positioned to play an important role for Ryan’s defense.




83 comments
maynard
maynard

love this kid Pryor.  Pat Kirwin in his book talks of the 4 traits of a safety 1.drop into box to  support run, 2.Play deep middle coverage 3. cover 1/2 the field in two deep coverage and 4. Blitz.  Ctes two players who could do all 4, Polimalu and Saunders. They are rare.


I think the Jet Draft room exploded when they got Pryor because he is one of these rare breed guys.  we haven't had one in ages at that position. 

Juan Montalvo
Juan Montalvo

I got a feeling the reason Idzik didn't spend that cap money, was because Ellis, and that D-line will come acalling for their piece of that cap.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Was watching the SNY video and....


Wow......Kenrick Ellis is a big dude.....I think this is gonna be a big year for this guy who is looking strong and like he's been in the Jets strength and conditioning program......It is not going to be possible to run the ball on the Jets defense if everybody stays healthy........This d-line has talent and better depth than ever before....


Ellis looking Kris Jenkins massive......

BDarc23
BDarc23

This is going to be the best Defense that Rex has had yet

goat7
goat7

Hard not to be excited about the Jets this year and moving forward, especially on D. Pryor adds an element that our D is not used to having. Sherman gets all the hype for the Hawks, but it is Thomas who sets him and the rest of the D up, then erases the mistakes that they make. Put Sherman on the Cowboys and he is not near the player that he is today. I hope we are saying that for years to come about Pryor!

williamg1
williamg1

"Jets have enough money to sign Pryor, but now they'll be unable to sign anymore of their 2014 draft picks."


--Cimini

levi
levi

I love his style of play but it does tend to make these types of players injury prone. Hopefully Pryor can avoid the injuries better than Bob Sanders or even Polamalu.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Hopefully his hitting complies with the "Goodell NFL"  of today.



jsadolph
jsadolph

I guess Fonzy hasn't sobered up since yesterday.  He has resumed his ramblings in the Daily Links.   

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

Ellis has always had size and talent. His issue has been his technique and staying healthy.

Logic suggests that being with a quality coach like Dunbar, he has coached ellis enough that his technique should be much improved from his rookie year. If he remains healthy he could be positioned for a big season.

It's a catch 22 though. He'll have a big year but then the jets might not be able to afford him and loss him to free agency.

D
D

@BDarc23 The best defense for Rex is a good offense. He has never had that

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

It will be tough for any jet defense to be better than the defenses rex had his first two years because this year's defense doesn't have Revis. He was the best defensive player in the league and had the ability to take some of the most feared receivers in the league and shut them down. Completely elimnating them from a game.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@BDarc23 All depends on the pass rush because the run defense should be stellar.  It would also help if the offense scores points and makes the opposing team 1-dimensional.

ramble914
ramble914

@levi


Hopefully his bigger size helps him avoid injuries better than Sanders.

bob
bob

@Lloyd Jay Reife 

How about blitzing Bradys blind side shuold the Jets throw the rule book out and take Brady out for the rest of the season.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jake100 Joey, I'm not going to click on another RantSports article until the U.S. Marine Corps infiltrates the site and forcibly institutes "regime change".

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph I don't think Fonzie has been sober since the Carter administration.

deuce knickalow
deuce knickalow

How is that @marty luc the jets are well under the cap

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@SackDance99 @BDarc23 I agree, I would take some reps away from Pace and give some of them to Trevor Oreilly, I think he's a bit more explosive from watching game tape and he looked to be an excellent pass rusher.

nesboogie
nesboogie

@SackDance99 @BDarc23 Barnes health is critical. And hopefully Coples weight loss can get him to where he needs to be. Those two off the edge can be something.

levi
levi

@ramble914  Maybe. I dont recall Lott being hurt all the time and he was a brutal hitter.

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

@chuco with a real big year this year, ellis will command starter's money even though he'll probably be a reserve with the jets. idzik has already showed he's shrewd with his spending practices. 


i doubt he will overspend to keep ellis here. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@levi @ramble914 And, Lott started out as a Pro Bowl CB before he spent the last decade or so of his career as a FS.  An amazing player.  I don't see Pryor in the Lott mold.

D
D

@Marty Luc @chuco He hasnt made splashy signings but I think he has put himself in position to ink Big MO, harrison, and ellis to long term deals.  

That has to be why he hasnt over spent. It seems like he is conscious of of what future signings will have to be or he realizes the potential dominance this Dline has.  

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

@JETS_ Big Mo, Snacks, richardson (& coples at LB) are the starters and will all command serious paydays within the next few years. 


i can't see idzik giving ellis starter money when in all likelihood he'll be a back up on the jets. 


and from ellis's point of view, he'll probably want an opportunity to be a starter. he might not get that opportunity with the jets. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@SackDance99 @tsjc68 @nesboogie @BDarc23 Yes, him too.


I mentioned Enemkpali first because I expect him to get more snaps at RUSH while Reilly primarily lines up at SAM.  We'll see, though, Rex loves to use unique lineups.

D
D

@Marty Luc @JETS_ Your right, but everyone on this blog though decker was going to get 8,9 10, mill per year and we got him at 6.  So far he is handling salaries pretty well.  Just hope GENO doesnt hit because that position commands the most money. Now if he does hit obviously I wont mind.

We should be looking at a monster year from this group because they are all looking to get paid....as you stated above.  Shoudl be an interesting season. IM excited.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @SackDance99 The Jets have the personnel to run it now.  I'd run it with Boss Hogg on the weakside and Kenrick on the strong with Snacks in the middle for the TNT part, put Mo in the Dent roll, and double up with Q and Barnes on the strong side at LB bracketing the TE.  If the CBs can knock the WRs off their routes, QBs will get injured.


I always thought Rex loved CBs because if you have 2 good man-to-man CBs, the 46 can work again, assuming your SS can be like a LB and your FS has great coverage skills to go with coming up like a freight train.  But, it starts up front and the Jets have the D-linemen to make it work.