The Rundown: The plan all along

Most analysts expected the Jets to draft a cornerback or wide receiver in the first round. But when the Jets were free to pick Pryor, the Jets war room “erupted” according to John Idzik as they feared the Ravens would snatch up Pryor before the Jets got the chance.

With just one week and a rookie minicamp already under their belt, Ryan likes what he’s seen from his first rounder so far.

Calvin Pryor“I’ve been really impressed with him mentally,” Ryan told reporters. “Mentally, (he’s) sharp.”

For a player who is likely to be the team’s signal caller on defense, it’s important that he get up to speed quickly.

 “He’s catching [the defense] to where he doesn’t just learn his position but he’s learning how the defense works,” Ryan said. “I think that’s been impressive.”

Beyond his comprehension of the Jets defense, what else has Ryan seen that he likes about Pryor’s game? According to the Star-Ledger, Ryan said it was Pryor’s ability to see the play unfolding in front of him.

“Today, in seven-on-seven, he could’ve had three great shots (to make hits). He’s so instinctive. A guy can be a big hitter, but if you don’t have instincts or you don’t have awareness, a lot of times it’s wasted, unless a (receiver) is right there on your track. But this guy, he sees it happening and he’s got great pattern recognition and he also has an ability to time things. I think that’s what puts him in position to make those hits.”

It is that unfolding that let’s him make such bone-jarring hits, or as David Harris put it last week “come downhill with authority.”

The Jets have badly needed some authority from their safety play. In 2013, the Jets moved on from Darrelle Revis and were unable to keep the athletic and intimidating LaRon Landry due to his pricetag. With those two holes and a rookie starter and a hobbled Antonio Cromartie the Jets secondary — specifically the safety spots — the Jets secondary was badly exploited in 2013.

Football Outsiders has been writing about the best and worst charted cornerbacks of the 2013 season and had this bit of insight into the 2013 Jets secondary in relation to Antonio Cromartie.

We often write about how our cornerback charting stats are extremely inconsistent from year to year, but what’s surprising about the two cornerbacks who gave up the most yards per pass in 2013 is how consistently good they had been until 2013. Antonio Cromartie had ranked in the top 20 for Adjusted Success Rate each of his three previous years in New York (2010-2012), and in the top 26 for Adjusted Yards per Pass.

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Cromartie’s struggles were more about getting burned for huge pass plays; as you can tell from his average Adjusted Success Rate, he wasn’t getting constantly beat both short and deep, just deep. You also might notice he was dead last in yards after the catch allowed, so he wasn’t really getting much help from the safeties behind him.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York JetsThe deep ball plagued the Jets in 2013. While Dawan Landry was able to use his mental acumen to help set the defense, his deficiencies in coverage were obvious and were made worse by Cromartie’s injury. Between Dawan Landry, Antonio Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Josh Bush the team was overloaded as run support safeties.  One of the biggest problems with the group going into the 2013 season was the team’s lack of a single proficient coverage safety and it showed over the course of the season.

This series of events precipitated the Jets bringing in Ed Reed mid-season after he was cut by the Texans. According to Pro Football Focus, the Jets best safety in coverage at the end of 2013 was Ed Reed and he still ranked a lowly 48th.

Even with the loss of Cromartie, the addition of Pryor and the Jets other acquisitions might make the cornerback the surprise breakthrough unit by the end of 2014. Dee Milliner is coming along and between Dmitri Patterson, Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster and rookies Dexter McDougle and Brandon Dixon the team’s depth looks promising and interchangeable.

So what will the Jets do in 2014 with Calvin Pryor now on the roster?  Rich Cimini of ESPN NY sought to answer that question.

Presumably, Pryor will start at one safety spot, withDawan Landry or Antonio Allen at the other position. Many have assumed that it’ll be Pryor and Landry, the most experienced returning player in the secondary, but it sounds as if Landry could be headed to a reserve role. There had been some speculation after the draft that Landry’s roster spot is in jeopardy. Ryan put that to rest — he called him a “vital member” of the defense — but he didn’t commit to Landry as a starter.

“Landry is going to play a ton, whether it’s a clear-cut starter or whatever you want to say … he’ll play,” Ryan said. “He’ll play in some capacity, and he might end up playing more than any of the other safeties.”

One thing is clear: Pryor is the new top dog.

Antonio Allen looks like he’s on the ascent and will start opposite Pryor. But whether it’s Landry or Allen, either will be best employed around the line. Allen is growing more comfortable in coverage and while Pryor might be best served in the box, he is more than sufficiently gifted to play the coverage role in the Jets scheme and raise the level of play of the secondary around him.




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Bent
Bent moderator

Jets confirmed the signing of Edds and Zusevics along with the cuts of Dwight Jones and Jacolby Ashworth.

bob
bob

Wow I just check Calif. Chrome's pedigree of coarse he has a flawless conformation. and of coarse he was bread to run and of coarse he was bread to go the  distance.. Wow! The owners new what they where doing. Often times good colts and fillies never get a good chance but they can produce. California Chrome traces to Seattle Slew at 3, or 4 crosses to Northern Dancer, Secretariat all in the 3rd and 4th generation .. Another big red horse with another chance to win the triple crown in June ..hasn't been done in 40yrs..  ok dats a big Wow.



Ok den!   Nobody can punch you in da nose  like maybe California Chrome looking forward to dat race..


Dats right!

Marvel
Marvel

TJB vote... should the NFL expand from 12 to 14 playoff teams?


yes ? No?  don't care?

 (how would that affect who gets the first weekend off)




jenkins
jenkins

Really liked the Pryor pick. I think they could have made many good picks there, but I'm thinking he was the best choice for this team.

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

At the time, I was a little surprised by the Pryor pick, but this seems to be the norm with Idzik. He isn't going to go after the flashy players, he's going after the good ones. At this point, the Jets just aren't talented enough across the board to be pigeonholing players to draft, and I was glad the Idzik didn't get too cute, and just took a good football player.


Ultimately, I think that the success or failure of this draft class hinges on Evans. If he becomes a quality starter for us, then I think Idzik will have earned my unquestioned trust.

koala
koala

@Marvel  no way. Would reduce the relevance of the regular season and change the competitive balance of the league. I would hate this 

WW85
WW85

@Marvel  It's all about $$$. Why dont they just add another bi-week or 2. This lenghtense the season & TV revs, but also keeps players safe, keeps the integrity of the playoffs as well.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Marvel

I would agree to 14 teams if Goodell would relinquish his totalatarian control of punishments/suspensions handed out.  He is getting out of control.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Marvel

I have a hard time listening to any proposal by Goodell anymore.  I really tried to like him at first, but now I just automaticly disagree with anything he says.  If he gets his way, we will not be able to recongnize the NFL in 5 yrs. 

It seems like he is just changing rules just to change the rules.  It's not broke, so don't fix it.  We already have the chance of sub .500 teams making the playoffs and that is bad enough.  With an extra team in the mix it will become the norm to see sub .500 teams in the post season.

tsjc68
tsjc68

I'm good with staying at 12, but willing to listen to a 14 proposal.

levi
levi

@Marvel  Yes. sometimes there are several good teams that deserve to make it in the same division.


You could learn a lot from Joey on how to hold a poll though. He is much more professional than this.

tsjc68
tsjc68

I dunno, Boss Hogg and The DMZ look pretty freaking flashy, man. Just saying.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@J. Smooth There's too many candidates for the #2 WR position to put the success of the draft on the Shaq Evans pick.  Hill, Enunwa, Ford, Saunders and the forgotten man, David Nelson, can all be adequate or better opposite Decker.  In many ways, it's the Amaro pick that will determine how good the draft will be viewed.

bob
bob

@jaygo


That's gonna be amazing he wins the Belmont.  I remember Secretariat just blew all other horses away at the Belmont something like 31 lengths or so.

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@WW85 @Marvel Can we just go back to 11 games. and one championship game?

Better yet, can we just play the game on paper. Much safer that way.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@WW85 @Marvel

I would really like the idea of multiple bye weeks to lengthen the season, but I can't get behind it.  Rex is horrible coming off Bye weeks. As long a s Rex is the coach(which I hope is a long time), I am rooting for no bye weeks.

jetlife
jetlife

@jsadolph So you think Goodell is "softening" the game because he wants to? He just happens to be in office when the concussion outrage is starting to bubble. There's not much choice he has. Now, in regards to a team in London, I think that is absurd.

jetlife
jetlife

@tsjc68  If they are going to be moving to 14, and thus leaving only one team with a bye in each conference, why not just make it 16 so that there are no byes at all. It seems silly for only one team to get a bye imo.  

tsjc68
tsjc68

QUESTION, GANGRELS:

Sanchez '11: worst pieces, or worstest pieces? DISCUSS.

Marvel
Marvel

@SackDance99

 I think Evans seperates himself as #2 but Saunders may make so many plays in camp /preseason that he's definitely a candidate despite the height.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@NYCPEinGermany @tsjc68 @bradysucks  


Hank took a hit of acid in the 60's and never recovered.......Boy is STILL tripping


lol...


Hankster!!!

tsjc68
tsjc68

They already announced that the nasal strip has been approved.

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples  

Haha....it was crazy at Belmont.....I was just a kid so I was content watching it on TV..........Secretariat had a cult following, was insane!

bob
bob

@tsjc68 @bob@a57se


LOL... Ya it was a great movie .. The theme song was OH happy Days.. You know me tsjc68 it brought me to tears in the theater ..That movie was soo sooo good.

bob
bob

@tsjc68 @bob@a57se


Very cool... So they all are young when they race..

that Secretariat was a very special horse heck there may never be another.



tsjc68
tsjc68

@bob @tsjc68 @a57se  First line of the Wiki article, emphasis mine:


"The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Derby

bob
bob

@tsjc68 @bob@a57se


Great question tsjc68 ya that's what I was asking also not sure buddy I'll guess somebody has that answer. I'm guessing a57se may, he's pretty smart guy when it comes to details.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bob @a57se  Aren't like all these horses 3 years old at the time of their Triple Crown bids?  I thought the field was full of 3-year olds each year.


#doesn'tfollowhorseracingthatclosely

bob
bob

@a57se @bob


California Chrome is very young. What he's like 3 yrs old I think. Have you been checking the clock on how each horse raced.

a57se
a57se

@bob @a57se

Well from what I can figure, Secretariat would have beaten California Chrome by approximately 7 lengths in the Preakness.....he would have finished well behind Sham too.

bob
bob

@a57se @bob@jaygo


Yes Secretariat was amazing. Such a long time ago it seems. Exciting to see California Chrome get a shot will he blow the rest of the horse away will have to wait and see. awesome.

a57se
a57se

@bob @jaygo 

I watched him on TV! Secretariat was absolutely amazing...........

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bklyndude @tsjc68 @jsadolph @WW85 @Marvel  But the reason the lack of such a policy is so infuriating is, the players (and other advocates of that rule tweak) aren't even asking for anything different than the status quo.


We're not asking for the addition of a bye week (each team already gets one) or for each team to play only one Thursday Night game (each team already is restricted to only one per year).  We're not asking for any more or any fewer games or home gate reciepts or prime-time telecasts or concession sales.


We're just asking the schedule makers to align those pre-existing bye weeks with those pre-existing Thursday Night contests in the interest of player safety.  The NFL doesn't have to forfeit one single dime of revenue to make that happen, they can do it with the swipe of a pen or the "send" of an email.


In fact, it probably makes them MORE money, as the watchability of those Thursday Night games increases with better-rested players.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@tsjc68 @jsadolph @WW85 @Marvel

Unless of course you don't really give a damn about player safety and it's all about how much money the league can generate for the owners.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@tsjc68 @jsadolph @WW85 @Marvel  

And somehow we always get the patsies either on thursday or the sunday right after (often with the other game being on the west coast)

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph @WW85 @Marvel  I want the league to stop being stupid and start requiring that the teams who play on Thursday Night Football must have a bye the week before that mid-week game.


Playing on Sunday and then again on Thursday is just all kinds of ridiculous.

jetlife
jetlife

@jsadolph I agree, but again, the NFLPA granted him that ability to be the judge, jury, and executioner. So although I don't like Goodell, it's not as if he gives himself the power.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@jetlife @jsadolph

I will agree that the concusion thing has been a long time coming.  But I also believe that he should not be the judge, jury and executioner on all rule infractions.  If I was the NFLPA I would not allow any more changes untill he turns over control to a independent panel.

And yes the London/Mexico team talks are crazy.  As are the talks about Expanding the season to 18 games. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@levi @tsjc68  


Sanchez 


(lol)


Philly....lol

levi
levi

@tsjc68  I met a real life Sanchez supporter the other night at a restaurant. He had a Jets shirt on so I asked him what he thought of the draft and it immediately turned into a Sanchez love fest and how nobody could do anything behind that line.