With Ryan in Buffalo and the cornerback position now a huge strength of the team, instead of a huge weakness, Pryor can now comfortably slide back to his natural position of strong safety and that’s exactly what Todd Bowles plays to do with the second-year player out of Louisville.
Speaking to Eric Allen, the Jets in-house reporter for newyorkjets.com , Pryor was thrilled to share the news of going back to a more comfortable role.
“They already told me what my role will be,” Pryor said. “I’m going to be a strong safety. I’m not going to be playing free safety anymore. So, I’m going to be back to my old self, doing what I do, being down in the box.”
In college Pryor was at his best lined up as an in-the-box safety, where he didn’t have to worry about covering the entire back-end of the field and could just focus on squaring up targets and delivering bone-rattling hits. Having to handle the responsibility of roaming deep and keep all receivers in front of him proved to be too much for the rookie to take on this year.
With a deep cornerback group consisting of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine as well as safety Marcus Gilchrist, who still isn’t a perfect free safety but much more suited for the role than Pryor, Pryor won’t be forced to play in space nearly as much as last season which sounds simply wonderful to Pryor.
“I was placed in some positions that in college I wouldn’t normally do,” Pryor said. “(The news of the move back) was music to my ears. That made my day go better. I’m definitely enjoying it.”
On top of the beautiful music playing in his ears Pryor also spoke about how excited he is about this team and moving past last year, without looking back, and focusing on a fresh start in his second year.
“It’s good we have all the guys back so we can build that chemistry. I just love the energy in this building,” Pryor said.” It’s a fresh start. We’re trying not to think about the past. We’re just trying to move forward.”