The Louisville Slugger hit a home run in his first live-game action of the preseason. Calvin Pryor made his presence know in the New York Jets second preseason win against the Cincinnati Bengals and he showed why he may be the NFL‘s next top enforcer.
Pryor was all over the field against the Bengals on Saturday night. He jarred the ball loose with a nice hit on a Bengals’ receiver and and on one play, he looked like safety Troy Palomalou with a tackle behind the Bengals’ line of scrimmage. Pryor showed why the Jets couldn’t pass him up with the No. 18 pick in the NFL Draft and on Saturday night, he proved that the Jets may have had some questions at cornerback, but they don’t have one at safety.
Pryor finished the game with three tackles, three assists and a fumble recovery.
It’s a shame that Pryor can’t play corner back because if he had any time of game at the corner position, it would rid the Jets of all their worries. He plays strong, quick and a lot bigger than his size and it really shows when you watch him play the game. Pryor is a great fit in a Rex Ryan defense that mixes and matches personnel and gives Pryor a chance to use his athleticism and make big plays all over the field.
I’m not going to call Pryor the next Brian Dawkins—Pryor’s role model—but I will say, if he continues to play with the same amount of fire and heart in the regular season, it may not be too long until he draws some comparisons to his favorite player.