Jets return to action
CORTLAND, NY — With the first preseason action of the 2014 season set to kick off in less than three days, the Jets find themselves back at MetLife Stadium hosting a home game for the first time since December against the Colts this Thursday.
Coming off of the annual green and white scrimmage with Gang Green’s offense facing off against its defensive counterparts, for players like rookie Calvin Pryor, getting back into the fold of practice after extended time off was an adjustment on the day (albeit in limited fashion).
“I felt a little rusty. I feel a little rusty, but it was good to be back in there with the guys, getting in making some of the checks, making sure you’re on top of everything,” said Pryor.
Both he and the team are taking a day-by-day approach as far as his status for the preseason opener against the Colts. As far as his progression, Pryor does not expect any unforseen setbacks.
“I think I’ll be fine from here on out, I’ll Just keep checking in with the doctors, making sure I’m good to go,” Pryor said.
To avoid falling behind in defensive schemes, Pryor has his way of staying in the game while being inactive.
“Just making sure I’m attentive in all the meeting. Making sure I ask questions to all my coaches and my teammates. Just get my mental reps. I’m not out there physically but I can still be there mentally. It’s important I keep asking questions and making sure I’m on top of everything.”
Even for young players the learning curve of an NFL playbook takes it toll, but when asked if the injury so early on in his career would affect his play, Pryor pointedly responded “No, not at all.”
The first depth chart of the summer was announced today, no surprise as Geno Smith was named the starting quarterback for Gang Green. According to nyjets.com there is a ‘three-headed monster’ at running back, as Bilal Powell, Chris Johnson and Ivory are all listed under the first team.
Opposing defenses will see a lot of the trio this season, mostly Ivory on goal line and short yardage situations, Johnson on receiving and 1st down routes and Powell as the change of pace back to wear defenders down.
As of course with first releases of depth charts, things are still very preliminary as the best tight end on the roster performance wise, Zach Sudfield – who’s been the best tight end on the roster for the Jets’ in camp, remains listed as a third-stringer.