Calvin Pryor to miss another game; Jets ponder options at safety
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Safety Calvin Pryor will miss a second consecutive game with an ankle injury when the New York Jets host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and Jets coach Todd Bowles will have to figure out the best option to plug into his spot.
When Pryor didn’t make the trip to Oakland last Sunday, many observers expected Bowles to insert safety Dion Bailey, a former Seattle Seahawk, into Pryor’s place. But Bowles instead chose to play backup cornerback Marcus Williams. The Jets’ defense underperformed and missed tackles against the Raiders.
On Friday, Bowles said a decision had not been made as to who would play in Pryor’s place this week.
“Not yet,” he said. “We’ve got everybody taking reps. We’ll sit down at the end of the day and look at today’s practice and we’ll make a decision.”
Bailey was the starting strong safety for the Seahawks at the beginning of the season, while Kam Chancellor was holding out. He was cut by Seattle when Chancellor ended that holdout. The Jets claimed him off waivers and he stepped in to finish the game when Pryor went down against New England on Oct 25. However, he was beaten on a key third-down passing play as the Patriots came back to beat the Jets.
Bailey said he has made progress since then. “I’ve definitely got a lot stronger grasp on the playbook, so I’ll definitely be able to play faster, come Sunday,” he said.
Rontez Miles drew praise from Bowles and is a possibility to be elevated from the practice squad. “I took a lot of snaps this week, and whatever happens happens,” Miles said. “If I’m up, I’ll do my best to help contribute, try to get a victory. And if I’m not, it’s the same thing, just keep working.”
Besides Miles and Bailey, Bowles said Williams and cornerback Dee Milliner, who is on injured reserve and eligible to return, got looks in practice. However, Bowles said he didn’t think it was likely the team would activate Milliner off injured reserve this week.