New York Jets' Calvin Pryor Has Looked Completely Lost
Jul 28, 2016; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) participates in a drill during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets’ Calvin Pryor has regressed in 2016 and looks completely lost out there on the field. 

Calvin Pryor‘s New York Jets career has been a strange one. After a poor 2014 campaign, Pryor nearly was a pro bowl caliber safety in 2015. Now, in 2016, he has looked completely lost.

As a unit, the Jets secondary has been atrocious in 2016. Darrelle Revis has gotten a lot of heat but Pryor isn’t too far behind him in the underachieving category.

Pryor, with the nickname of “Louisville Slugger” thanks in part to his big hits, is known for coming up and sniffing the box. He’s even struggled in that aspect of the game along with coverage.

In 2015, Pryor makes a big pop and the play results in a loss of yards. Instead, he whiffs on the tackle looking straight up silly.

With his big hitting ability and solid speed, you would think that he could be a potential fit for covering the TE. The Jets have struggled immensely with covering TE’s this year.

We’ve seen Pryor, Darron Lee and David Harris on the TE. Lee and Pryor make sense, Harris on a TE is a mismatch. So far, the Pryor and Lee combination hasn’t covered anything for New York.

It’s one thing for a player to regress when there’s a coaching change. The exact opposite happened last year, actually, as he improved under the new coach.

It would be unfair to completely give up on Pryor because unlike Revis, Pryor is a young buck at just 24 years old. He has to wake up soon, otherwise, he will find himself out of a starting job. Todd Bowles can’t waste any more time as they sit at 1-3.

The Jets secondary faces a tough task going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Antonio Brown has developed into one of, if not the best WR in the NFL. Pryor and company will have a big work load as the Steelers should look to force the issue in the passing game against the Jets.


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