They always say your first impression is also the most important one. When it came to Calvin Pryor and his NFL debut, his first impression has already left an imprint of what’s coming up over the next few years for the New York Jets safety. He has clearly shown signs that he has the makings of a future superstar who will wreak havoc on the football field.
Pryor had an eventful night against the Cincinnati Bengals which saw his team leave victorious with a final score of 25-17. He had a heads-0up play in recovering a fumble on a sack thanks to his defensive instincts. Then he finally got to unleash some heavy hits towards receivers anticipating to get the football.
With a keen sense around defending against passing attacks, Pryor illustrated that he has the hustle and defensive intelligence to truly become the next big thing on the Jets’ defense. He actually is one of the bright spots on a defensive secondary that has a few question marks around it. With the Jets’ cornerback situation still being worked out due to injuries, Pryor adds a sigh of relief for the backfield.
While some will make the argument that Pryor played against second-team units in a meaningless preseason game, he still gave it his all and was a hawk around the football. Pryor would go anywhere to help contribute to the team, which is ultimately a great way to move forward in one’s professional football career. He has the potential to have a very impactful career if he continues to play like he did in his debut, provided he stays healthy.
Most fans had a scare a few weeks ago when he went down due to a concussion injury, but he’s been medically cleared and it hasn’t negated any of his ability to hit opponents like there is no tomorrow.
Pryor looks like he’ll be ready to start for the Jets once the games start to count in the regular season. His performance against the Bengals is but a mere glimpse of some incredible things to come as he is set to take off and have a very successful career with the Jets.