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New York Jets’ Calvin Pryor After Debut: I Look to Put Fear into My Opponents

August 18th, 2014 at 11:18 AM
By Doug Rush

On Saturday night, the New York Jets first round pick Calvin Pryor made his preseason debut for the team and his presence was already felt the minute he stepped onto the field.

Pryor went unblocked, found himself in the Bengals backfield and after the Bengals backup quarterback Matt Scott was sacked and fumbled the football, which Scott recovered. The Jets were able to capitalize on the turnover and score a touchdown in a 25-17 victory.

Following the game, Pryor said that he tries to play lights out every time he's on the field and also tries to instill fear into his opponents the minute he steps foot onto the field.

“A lot of guys, they questioned me because I had a concussion,” Pryor said. “They felt like I wasn’t going to be as aggressive when I came back. That’s the way I play football. I try to play lights out. I try to put fear in my opponents. Tonight, that was only step one. I came out here to make plays tonight, and I got more comfortable within myself as the game went on.”

Pryor felt people were questioning him due to suffering a concussion in training camp, but those questions may have been silenced with his play on the field and may have given the Jets another legitimate playmaker on the field to go along with guys like Sheldon Richardson and Muhammed Wilkerson.

Before the season, Pryor was expected to compete for playing time along with Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry, but Allen was shifted from safety to cornerback due to all of the injuries suffered to their defensive backs, so Pryor may end up becoming a starter by the time Week 1.rolls around next month. Pryor will likely be put to the test again in the team's next preseason game when they play their fellow building mates, the New York Giants.

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