Jets safety Calvin Pryor may be a rookie, but he said Saturday that won’t stop him from talking trash to established NFL players.
Pryor said that the delight he takes in talking is the reason he doesn’t wear a mouthpiece on the field and that his ideal situation is matching his talk with a big hit over the middle to let opponents know that he means what he says. Jets coach Rex Ryan may be a tad less blustery than he was earlier in his tenure, but Pryor’s outspokenness isn’t rubbing him the wrong way. Quite the opposite, actually, based on Ryan’s prediction that Pryor will be a big fan favorite.
“There’s going to be a lot of jerseys sold with Pryor’s name on the back, because I have a funny feeling he’s going to become one of the more popular Jets as this thing gets going,” Ryan said, via Daryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger. “Smart, instinctive and is on top of it. It’s rare that it comes easy, and you can see it in there. The way he communicates, just everything. He has really been everything that we’ve wanted and then some. Really been impressed with him. I think he’d be probably the No. 1 guy that jumps out at me (from rookie mini camp so far).”
Ryan stopped short of saying that Pryor would start with Dawan Landry or Antonio Allen, saying that the team will play everybody during the season, but it feels like a near inevitability as long as something doesn’t go wrong. Ryan has been looking for a safety who can make plays since coming to the Jets and Pryor offers the potential to do that before making sure to let his opponents know just what he plans to do next.