Calvin Pryor excited about “fresh start” in Cleveland

AP

Safety Calvin Pryor came into the NFL as a first-round pick of the Jets and as the subject of grand predictions about the kind of impact he’d have on the team from then-coach Rex Ryan.

Pryor spent most of the last three seasons in the starting lineup for the Jets, but flashes of promise in 2015 were all but erased by a poor 2016 season that turned out to be his last one in New Jersey. Pryor was traded to the Browns for linebacker Demario Davis and was more interested in talking about the future than the past on Thursday.

Pryor was demoted to the third team before the trade, something that he says didn’t sap his confidence — “I can play football” — moving to what he hopes is the “right situation.”

“I feel like it was a great opportunity — have a fresh start, learn a new system and buy into a new culture,” Pryor said, via Cleveland.com. “I had a feeling [with the Jets] drafting two safeties, but I can’t control that. I’m excited. I can’t thank (the Browns) enough.”

Pryor didn’t share any insight as to how the Browns plan to use him this season, but having plans to use him looks like a big improvement over his lot with the Jets.

16 responses to “Calvin Pryor excited about “fresh start” in Cleveland

  1. Welcome to the club. Always nice to see to have guys who appreciate these opportunities rather than feel entitled.

  2. Pryor was a #1 pick by the Jets and played himself into being traded. He played under Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles. He improved his second year but declined during his third year. Maybe the Jets coaching staff wasn’t the best, but it’s not like he’s done anything. He takes bad angles and misses tackles. Thats on him, not the coaches.

  3. Funny how before the 2014 draft Rex Ryan was saying that Calvin Pryor was superior to Haha Clinton-Dix!

    Fast forward a few years, and Clinton-Dix has a Pro Bowl and was named Second-Team All-Pro. Meanwhile, Pryor was traded to a different team, and Rex was fired by both the Jets and the Bills!

  4. “…. but having plans to use him looks like a big improvement over his lot with the Jets.”

    What? Having plans to use him? He played plenty and he played himself right off the team. Another athlete who’s opinion of himself far exceeds how “good” he really is.

  5. Smart move by Cleveland. DeMario Davis wasn’t going to be utilized in Williams defense and now Cleveland gets a kid with nice upside for basically nothing. Hoping the “culture change” that Cleveland keeps talking about is real.

  6. It is in the Browns’ employee handbook that they must have a Pryor on their team at all times.

  7. I hope he plays better in Cleveland

    he is a big hitter–a skill virtually useless in the modern NFL. Yeah Rex ryan loves it….fired as a HC twice now..

    His coverage was bad, tackling spotty in spots, and prone blown coverages. Under two different coaches.

    Throw in late or missed meetings–I just hope it takes this chance seriously–show up–do your work–show up on TIME or early.

    If not, he’ll be out of the league sooner than later. Being a #1 pick might get you one more shot, but after this its life on the waiver wire.

  8. Normally you wouldn’t hear a player be that excited to play in Cleveland…unless that player came from the Jets.

  9. The Browns’ owner has made tons of changes in a short period of time. He tries and tries to get it right. When he discovers he made a mistake, he owns up to it and eats it. He’s trying like crazy to put together a winner. I think he’s heading in the right direction, finally. The Jets’ owner is just clueless. He makes decisions for the wrong reasons. He’s not really concerned about winning, and I doubt he’d be able to figure it out anyway. Calvin Pryor probably feels like he just won the lottery, and that’s not something you’d generally say about a guy that just moved to Cleveland. Just an observation. I’m not a Browns fan or a Jets fan, and I don’t hate either team. Just a football fan.

  10. jimnaizeeum says:

    Jun 9, 2017 8:19 AM

    “excited about “fresh start” in Cleveland”

    Said no one ever.
    _________________________________

    Is that the best you can do? What not just stick to what you’re good at – finding the hidden toothbrush in the picture of that kids magazine at the dentist’s office.

  11. Jun 9, 2017 11:46 AM
    jimnaizeeum says:

    Jun 9, 2017 8:19 AM

    “excited about “fresh start” in Cleveland”

    Said no one ever.
    _________________________________

    Is that the best you can do? What not just stick to what you’re good at – finding the hidden toothbrush in the picture of that kids magazine at the dentist’s office.

    ———————–

    Thats a priceless

  12. By all accounts the Browns tanked last year. The players played hard but getting rid of good (expensive) players and going into the season playing as many rooks and 2nd players as they did was a concerted choice to accumulate picks, clear cap and get new guys looks, record be damned. This year, they’re no longer purging.

    Here’s the analytics pro-tip: Identify the team that’s tanking and pay attention to their demotions and eventual cast offs. Often they’re good players who don’t fit a new system or are just too expensive.

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