Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jets have big-hitter Pryor working on finishing tackles


Calvin Pryor made himself known among the college ranks as a big hitter. In the pro ranks, tacking is one of his bigger hurdles.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says Gang Green's first round safety, who lost his starting job to Jaiquawn Jarrett two weeks ago, is getting back to basics on wrapping up.

"It starts with tackling," Ryan said Monday, via Newsday. "You have to get guys on the ground. He gets some great shots. He is a good tackler, but you have to get them down in space, especially when you have that much room and that is not easy.

"I think that is an area where I think he is working hard to improve."

According to ProFootballFocus, Pryor leads the Jets in missed tackles with 10. That's not uncommon for missile-like centerfielders, but the Jets want him to be a more well-rounded player who can control the middle of the field and be sound fundamentally.

Until then, he may be watching last week's AFC Defensive Player of the Week Jarrett do his thing a little while longer.

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