After another sub-par season, Rex Ryan is in the midst of implementing a hard-nosed, tough defense that he believes will return the New York Jets to their winning ways. One of the major decisions made this offseason by the team to strengthen the defense was drafting Safety Calvin Pryor from Louisville.
John Idzik, the Jets' GM, stated that the team had conducted its due diligence prior to the decision to take the man nicknamed "The Louisville Slugger."
"He just plays like a Jet," said Idzik of Pryor. Clearly New York's General Manager feels the player's profile and his fit as a personality within the team were major aspects considered by the front office prior to the draft.
Coach Rex Ryan echoed statements made by Idzik. "The young man plays like a Jet," admitted Ryan. He fits that profile."
Ryan recollected the first series he saw of Pryor and believes the safety belongs on a physical football team and drew aspirations of building a defense akin to the Seahawks' Super Bowl winning one with Kim Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
New York's head coach is bullish on developing Pryor's existing capabilities, while letting the top prospect play within the system.
"I don't think he played as much man as you would think, but young man's got plenty of cover skills," noted Ryan.
The Jets front office believes its drafted a truly special player with a refined skill set especially with regards to hard hits. Ryan is hoping for some momentum changing plays from his rookie and believes the player is primed and ready to live up to the hype.