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    The New York Jets face the New York Giants at 7 p.m. ET Saturday at MetLife Stadium. A couple of things to watch for during the game :
    Why watch : Because this is the third and most important preseason game, it might be a good time for the Jets' starters to ... you know, show up. In the first two games, the Jets were outscored 24-3 with their starting units on the field (not counting a touchdown last week against the Atlanta Falcons' backups). All told, the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense has produced only 10 points in seven possessions. Numbers don't mean anything in the preseason; it's all about staying healthy and getting comfortable with personnel and schemes. That's where the Jets still are playing catchup, and this is their last shot because the starters won't play in the finale.
    Did you know ? The Jets lead the all-time preseason series, 24-21-1. This is the fifth annual MetLife Bowl, the winner receiving the coveted Snoopy Trophy. (Feel free to roll your eyes.) This is Tom Coughlin's 12th year as the Giants' coach. In that span, the Jets have had four head coaches -- Herm Edwards, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles.
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  2. kelly added a post in a topic ~ ~ 53 - man roster projection ~ ~   

    Among the many roster decisions the Jets' coaching staff must make in the next seven days is whether a fullback will be a part of their new-look spread offense under coordinator Chan Gailey.
    Gailey, for his part, would give nothing away."We plan to keep enough blockers to be able to run our offense," he said earlier this month.
    The fullback has increasingly become a casualty of the NFL's recent trend toward pass-oriented offenses. That more and more colleges are using spread systems also means there are fewer fullbacks for NFL teams to choose from.The Jets have two fullbacks on their 90-man roster this summer: Tommy Bohanon, a 2013 seventh-round pick who missed most of last season with a broken clavicle; and Julian Howsare, an undrafted free agent out of Division II Clarion (Pa.) University who began camp as an outside linebacker before being converted.Of the two, Bohanon appears to be the favorite. He's gotten the reps with the first team when formations have called for a fullback. But he's also won the praise of head coach Todd Bowles, who has referred to Bohanon as "a pleasant surprise."
    It was Bohanon's block on linebacker Joplo Bartu that sprang running back Chris Ivory for a 33-yard touchdown run last week against the Falcons."Tommy's been doing a good job," Bowles said. "I'm pleased with Tommy."Bohanon said there are similarities and differences between Gailey's spread offense and the West Coast-style system the Jets used the last two seasons under coordinator Marty Mornhinweg."In this offense, I'm still doing a lot of lead blocking, and things like that," Bohanon told NJ Advance Media. "But I'm also running a little bit more [passing] routes and doing those types of things on the outside of the box, so I think that's a little bit of a change."By incorporating the fullback as a pass-catcher, the Jets would be trying to avoid tipping their hand that fullback formations call for running plays. But doing so would also play to one of Bohanon's strengths: As a senior at Wake Forest in 2012, he caught 23 passes for 208 yards and five touchdowns.
    After Saturday night's Snoopy Bowl exhibition against the Giants, the Jets must reduce their roster to 75 players by Tuesday, and then be down to their 53-man regular-season limit by next Saturday. Whether to keep a fullback could factor into how many running backs the Jets decide to keep, too: They currently have four running backs—Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Zac Stacy, Daryl Richardson—plus Stevan Ridley, who's all but certain at this point to open the season on the physically unable to perform list (knee).The Jets' roster decision is also somewhat complicated by the likelihood of having to keep four quarterbacks, for reasons outlined here.
    Bohanon said the Jets would "definitely" be "a run-first team" this season. He's obviously biased on the matter—it's his job at stake, after all—but he also feels there's a fit for a fullback in the new offense."This offense is in need of a fullback, just based on the run plays, and how we go about those types of formations," Bohanon said. "I think that it's definitely something that's very important in this offense, to kind of get the ball moving with the running back and everything."
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  3. kelly added a post in a topic WR dept. ~ ~ ~   

    -- It has been quite the training camp for Chris Owusu as the New York Jets wide receiver has turned heads with some very strong performances in early August, only to miss the next week with a concussion.  Now this week, he gets a chance to perhaps show if the hype matches reality in the Jets third preseason game at the New York Giants.But before the concussion, Owusu was one of the top performers in training camp and was looking the part of someone set to make the 53-man roster. He was making catches and wasn't just being a deep threat but was willingly going over the middle as well. Most importantly, he was holding onto the ball and staying healthy.Signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, Owusu has never played a full season as he has just just 22 games and 30 receptions in three years in the NFL (20 of those receptions came in 2013). But he has talent and speed and big-play ability. When he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last fall, the Jets and former general manager John Idzik jumped on him. He had potential, the most dreaded of words in pro sports.
    Potential, at least a few weeks ago, was finally being realized for Owusu.
    In training camp, especially in the early part before the concussion, Owusu was lining up against Darrelle Revis during many of the reps. The fact that he was making some plays against not just the top cornerback on the team but one of the best in the league is a testament to his growth as a player."It's tough. He's a top, first-class corner. You have to bring your A-game every time. It's fun to go against him every day. You have to adjust to patience, adjust to his strength. It makes you better. If you don't bring your best, he'll get the best of you," Owusu told Metro two weeks ago.He called it a "confidence booster even if you can get one catch on him." Owusu did that more than once before the concussion sidelined him.There was always a reason to get excited about Owusu, who was also a track star in high school before playing college football at Stanford.. At the NFL Combine in 2012, he ran a 4.36 time in the 40, tied for fifth best that year.But a history of concussions kept him from being drafted, this despite a solid college career and no character concerns.  But he's bounced around with the Jets now his fourth team in as many years.
    Last season, he finished with catches in several games, including a 36-yard reception in a Week 17 win at the Miami Dolphins. He also was concussion-free with the Jets."It's something where you love to end the season in a good, positive way. But with new coaches, you want to come out and - we're all starting over with a new offense, a new defense, new special teams," Owusu said. "You always want to put your best foot forward. I think it is a testament to our receivers."This offseason, he focused on putting on some size - he's reluctant to say how much muscle mass he added but said simply "Power leads to more speed. So I tried to work on my explosive movements as well, working on football-oriented movements in the same way. Even working on your eyes."Yes, that's right, his eyes. Owusu left no stone unturned this offseason in a bold effort to make the Jets roster with a wide receiver corps that is as deep as any the franchise has had in recent years. He'll get a shot this Saturday night at the Giants where Owusu might be able to suit-up for his first time in preseason.
    "The eyes track the ball. Eye movements, a lot of baseball players do that. I did some, tracking the ball, your eyes tracking the ball," Owusu said. "Being consistent with that. Not eyes exercises but really tracking and watching it. It's been helping me out there."
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  4. kelly added a post in a topic D dept. : Leonard Williams ~ ~ ~   

    Terrell Davis : Leonard Williams Is a 'Beast'
    NFL Network Analyst Will Have His Eyes on Jets Rookie DL video..>
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  5. kelly added a post in a topic ~ ~ 53 - man roster projection ~ ~   

    The Jets will make their initial roster cuts after Saturday’s game against the Giants, trimming it from 90 players to 75 by Tuesday. Then, they will go to 53 by next Saturday at 4 p.m.
    Coach Todd Bowles said the roster is mostly set in his mind, but there are still a few spots up for grabs.“I have a pretty good idea of what we have with the exception of about three or four guys,” Bowles said. “I have a good idea about everybody else. I understand what we can be, and I know what kind of work we have ahead of us, but I have a good idea of what we have.”
    Bowles said it won’t be easy to tell players goodbye this week.“I mean it’s tough, it’s a tough business to try to tell someone they can’t play anymore,” Bowles said. “We’ve got a lot of good competition, so the cuts aren’t going to be easy. You just have to be honest with yourself. We have guidelines at certain positions and what we are looking for.“You either make those plays or you don’t make those plays, [make those] blocks or you don’t make those blocks. It comes down to that. It’s never anything personal.You hate to tell someone they can’t play anymore, but that’s the reality of the business.”
    When the Jets do finalize their roster, Bowles believes it will be a good one.“I see we have potential to have a good team, but we have to jell and the chemistry has to come together,” he said. “It’s OK to have pieces, and I understand what those pieces are, but I know where we need to get to. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we do have the talent to get there.”
    One of the most interesting battles for a roster spot is at wide receiver. It appears five spots are set: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith, Jeremy Kerley and Quincy Enunwa. But the sixth spot is up for grabs and maybe the Jets even keep a seventh.The competition is between Walter Powell, Chris Owusu, Shaq Evans and T.J. Graham. Powell has an advantage because he has been the team’s primary kick returner in training camp. Owusu (concussion), Evans (back sprain) and Graham (hamstring) all have missed time in camp because of injury, but all should play Saturday night against the Giants.
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  6. kelly added a post in a topic OL dept. ...can we squeeze another year out of aging unit ? ? ?   

    @RichCimini #jetsmail 1-5 is set on Oline who are 3 or 4 Backups on the O line.
    @RichCimini :  You're right, the starting unit is set. I'd say the top backups are Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Wesley Johnson and Brent Qvale. Oday Aboushi is in serious jeopardy of getting cut. Rookie Jarvis Harrison isn't one of the top nine, but he could make it because he's a draft pick.
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  7. kelly added a post in a topic WR dept. ~ ~ ~   

    Your questions, my answers on the New York Jets :
    @RichCimini It seems new management has downgraded Jeremy Kerley.  Any idea why ? #jetsmail
    @RichCimini :  You may recall that, in 2012, Rex Ryan called out Kerley, expressing disappointment in his off-season work habits. Ryan rarely criticized his players publicly, so you know he had to be ticked off. Did it happen again with the new coaching staff? Very possible. Remember, Kerley suffered an Achilles' injury in the spring, causing him to miss time. Maybe the new staff felt he was coasting after signing a new contract last fall. That, coupled with the addition of second-round pick Devin Smith, hurt Kerley's standing. We all know that Smith busted his ribs at the start of camp, but it was Quincy Enunwa -- not Kerley -- who jumped into the No. 3 role. It's weird because general manager Mike Maccagnan sounded high on Kerley in early April, offering unsolicited praise. "I'm kind of excited to see him get a few more reps than he got last year in terms of his playing time," Maccagnan said at the time. Evidently, their opinion of Kerley has changed. From a football standpoint, Todd Bowles likes the idea of having a big body (Enunwa) as the No. 3. He's a better blocker than Kerley. Personally, I like Kerley. He's a gamer. He's a more polished receiver than Enunwa.
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  8. kelly added a post in a topic Sheldon Richardson ~ ~ ~   

    Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson is going through the preseason as if nothing’s different. But he knows things are about to change.Richardson, who was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy already, is facing more time off after he was charged with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations in July.“I don’t know what to expect,” Richardson said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “That’s out of my hands.
    “I can go from four games to however long he [Roger Goodell] wants it to be. So it’s pretty tough.”Richardson should keep an eye on the next few Fridays, otherwise there is no indication when he’ll find out about the latest problem. With the league writing broadly its new personal conduct policy, he could be punished for endangering a child while driving 143 mph even though he wasn’t charged with that in Missouri, though he’s certainly facing some degree of additional punishment.
    “When I get the date of when I can actually return, then I can actually start moving forward,” Richardson said. “But until then it’s just going to be a cloud over my head.”And over the Jets’ as his off-field issues are almost enough to obscure his on-field talent.
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  9. kelly added a post in a topic QB dept. : Bryce Petty ~ ~ ~   

    NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Friday has in store for each team.
    ~ ~  New York Jets : Rookie quarterback Bryce Petty could play the entire second half on Saturday night in the Jets' third preseason game, but there's nothing at stake in terms of the depth chart. There is no chance he will be the No. 2 quarterback for Week 1, according to Todd Bowles. Matt Flynn is projected as the primary backup -- but he could lose the spot to newly signed Josh Johnson if Flynn's hamstring problem persists. Petty will be playing simply to gain much-needed experience. -- Rich Cimini
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    Davis: 'We've Gained Ground'
    As Camp Breaks, Jets Need Improvement to Continue video..>
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  11. kelly added a post in a topic OL dept. ...can we squeeze another year out of aging unit ? ? ?   

    –- Willie Colon started this training camp on the physically unable to perform list.But he finished it on Thursday as the likely starting right guard for the New York Jets and with an admiration for what new head coach Todd Bowles is trying to instill in this team."It's been a tough camp and been a camp that a lot of people had to get out of their shells and grow up a little bit," Colon said after the Jets broke camp on Thursday.Bowles has tried to instill toughness and discipline into the Jets, who had to transition from Rex Ryan's player-friendly environment to Bowles' old school approach.Bowles' first camp was tested, especially when a locker room fight resulted in starting quarterback Geno Smith suffering a broken jaw.
    Colon, the 10-year veteran, has appreciated Bowles' approach throughout camp. And even though he appears to have the right guard competition all but sewn up, Colon is taking nothing for granted. Working mostly with the first team starters, Colon still wants to earn his way into the starting offensive line."That I belong on this team," Colon said when asked what he has to prove. "With those four guys [on the offensive line], and being a part of this Bowles team, I wear it like a badge."
    "I'm 32-years-old and I know my injury record," Colon later added. "And I know everything that goes along with me. At the end of the day, I know I've got the heart of a dog. I'm willing to fight anytime I get the opportunity."Bowles says some jobs are still up for grabs entering the third preseason game against the New York Giants on Saturday night. He has yet to name his starter at right guard with Colon battling the likes of Brian Winters.
    Bowles said earlier in camp that he noticed how the veteran's knees have held up."He brings a lot of toughness," Bowles told reporters earlier in camp. "So far, he looks good and his knees have been holding up. He's been upbeat."He's one of the most talkative guys in camp. He makes every day festive and he plays like that. He's one of the older guys, but he's got one of the younger spirits. He's been having a good camp."
    Colon hopes to continue that on Saturday against the Giants and cement his hold on the right guard starting spot."I just tried to maximize every opportunity I got," Colon said. "It's not my first competition battle. I came into it with a battle-hungry mind. I knew what was at stake. I know what's still at stake. I just want to fit in and get the job done. It takes a lot of work and dedication, and I've put that in. Now when you get on the field, flat-out ball out."
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  12. kelly added a post in a topic " Jets QB Situation Is Clear " ~ ~ ~   

    - The New York Jets added more insurance at quarterback by signing Josh Johnson on Thursday night.
    Johnson was released Tuesday by the Cincinnati Bengals after losing the No. 2 job to AJ McCarron. The Jets worked out Johnson on Thursday as coach Todd Bowles said the team was keeping its options open."We are just kicking the tires around in case somebody else gets hurt," Bowles said before the team signed Johnson later in the evening. "Just taking a look at quarterbacks."With Geno Smith (broken jaw) expected to miss the first four games, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter. The Jets, looking for an emergency quarterback with experience, signed Matt Flynn last week, but they gave him no guarantees other than a $60,000 signing bonus.
    Flynn, still recovering from a pre-camp hamstring injury, took part in team drills Thursday, although the practice was largely a scout-team practice in preparation for the New York Giants on Saturday. Bowles said Flynn is not expected to play until the fourth preseason game.Flynn didn't receive a ringing endorsement from Bowles at the time of his signing, with the coach saying they opted for him because he was the only experienced quarterback available. The Jets used their fourth-round pick on former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, but the rookie still has a ways to go."He has to progress," Bowles said when asked whether Petty can do something before the season opener to earn the backup job. "To say that he's going to get better in two weeks and be ready for the season is wrong."You just want him to get better. As the season goes and as the practices go, and he gets more comfortable, he will be ready when he's ready. It is not a two-week thing for him."
    To make room on the roster for Johnson, the Jets waived undrafted rookie quarterback Jake Heaps.Johnson, 29, has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Bengals and San Francisco 49ers. His career numbers: 96-for-177, 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His record as a starter is 0-5.He didn't play in the Bengals' most recent preseason game. In the first game, he completed 11 of 21 passes for 175 yards.
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  13. kelly added a post in a topic MMQB / Si : Todd Bowles: ‘Nothing Surprises You’   

    –- Nearly a month into his first training camp, Todd Bowles thinks he has a good grip on what the New York Jets are and perhaps can be this season.“I have a pretty good idea what we have,” Bowles said as the team broke training camp on Thursday. “With the exception of three or four guys, I have a good idea of everybody else. I understand what we can be. I know what kind of work we have ahead of us but I have a good idea of what we have.”
    “I see we have potential to have a good team,” the first-year coach added. “But we got to gel and the chemistry has to come together. It is OK to have pieces but I understand what those pieces are and we have a lot of work ahead of us but we do have the talent to get there.”On Saturday, Bowles may get a better idea of what he has on offense as the starters are expected to play the first half and perhaps a little into the third quarter against the New York Giants.With the Jets expecting to have a stingy defense, the offense will have to hold up its end and Saturday should give the Jets a better idea of what they have on the offensive side.
    The third preseason game is when teams use their starters the most and that means this will be Ryan Fitzpatrick’s biggest opportunity of the preseason to show what he can do with his familiarity of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s offense and with the receiving tandem of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.“A lot of these games, stuff that is not expected is going to happen during the (third) game whether it is a new blitz or a new issue we didn’t foresee that is going to come up,” Fitzpatrick said. “So we got to be able to talk about it on the sideline and adjust and overcome the issue. Those are good things to work through.”Fitzpatrick wants to work on his timing with his receivers and adjusting to different coverages. Considering that the starters won’t play much in the final preseason game –- if at all in some cases –- the Jets’ offense knows this will be good indicator of how much more work it needs.
    “This weekend will be a truest test to see where we are at not only as a team but as position groups,” Decker said. “It has gotten better day by day. Now the true test will be going against someone else for a full half and a couple of series.”Since taking over for the injured Geno Smith, Fitzpatrick has gotten more comfortable with his receivers and his timing according to Bowles.Certainly Fitzpatrick’s familiarity with Gailey’s system –- the two were together in Buffalo for three seasons –- has been helpful.“He is a guy who knows the system well, he has played a lot of football so he is comfortable in the huddle,” Decker said. “Not a lot of things shake him… You got to be poised in very critical situations.“He’s got his fundamentals, he knows how to read defense, he is savvy, he makes the right throws and checks at the line, he is a guy that is going to put us in the right position a lot more than the other way. Just nice to have someone of his caliber, intelligence and savvy to be leading us offensively.”
    Decker said the passing game will be able to measure progress on Saturday by how many completions are made.“It’s the small thing that a lot of people don’t see,” Decker said. “Certain throws, getting open in this league is difficult. Getting open could be a yard or two yards. Having the ball in the right spot and him knowing where you will be on specific routes, and having that success in practice and game really determines progress.”Regardless of how well the Jets do against the Giants, Bowles has a good idea of what he’s coaching entering this season.
    So is he happy with what he thinks he has ?
    “Yeah,” Bowles said. “I’m very happy.”
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  14. kelly added a post in a topic ~ ~ jets 'D'... # 2 ? ? ?   

    Dexter McDougle saw a formation in Wednesday’s practice that confused him. So, the second-year cornerback did what he has done all summer in this situation: He scanned the field for No. 24.Darrelle Revis soon explained to him what the coverage was and what his assignment is in that situation and McDougle was on his way.“You can just tell his game is at a different level,” McDougle said a few minutes later.
    “You can tell he’s seen everything. He has a lot of knowledge of the game. Sometimes when he’s out there it looks like he’s playing in slow motion. He really just sees everything. He has a good understanding of what he’s going to get from certain receivers, certain formations. He’s a competitor. He’s a real pro and you can see that.”The Jets gave Revis a five-year, $70 million contract with $39 million guaranteed in March for several reasons. First, he’s still the best cornerback in the game. Second, he gave the franchise credibility again with a legit star in the building. But the Jets’ brass also hoped Revis could rub off on the young defensive backs in their locker room.In 2013 and ’14, the Jets used first-round picks on cornerback Dee Milliner and safety Calvin Pryor, respectively. They took cornerback Dexter McDougle in the third round in 2014. The players all had talent, but no one was there to teach them how to be a pro.
    Enter Revis.
    “ just lead by example,” Revis said. “If guys want to ask questions I’m always open. Sometimes I might see something technique-wise that maybe I can give them a couple of pointers. For the most part, I just try to lead by example.”
    People around the Jets have seen a difference in Revis’ second stint with the team. He is opening up more and trying to bring guys along. You see it on the sideline at practice, where he is showing techniques and always talking to the younger guys. Maybe that is because he has younger defensive backs in the meeting room with him now than during his first run with the team. Maybe it has to do with turning 30 last month and taking on more of a mentoring role. It also could have to do with what he learned over the last two seasons in Tampa Bay and New England.“[I’m] a little bit smarter,” Revis said when asked how he is different at 30 than 22 or 23. “I think that just comes with you growing as a football player and the experiences I’ve had and the years I had here and going other places as well. I took a big learning curve going to other places and being under different coaches. When I was 22, those years were great, too. At the same time, I think you’re running with your head cut off like a chicken.”
    Revis always has practiced like no one else. He is relentless. He does not want one pass completed on him. He used to prevent Rex Ryan from completing a pass during the team’s walkthrough when the coach played quarterback. Early in camp, Geno Smith tucked the ball and ran. The defenders froze because you can’t hit the quarterback (insert IK Enemkpali joke here). Smith took off like he was going for the end zone. Revis ran 30 yards downfield and got in front of Smith, not allowing him to get by.Pryor and McDougle have even started wearing sweat pants and long sleeves to practice like Revis.“He just goes about his business and wants to get the job done,” Pryor said. “That’s something I’ve picked up from him. You can’t be all talk. You have to put in the work in the film room and out here on the field. I’m starting to see that and pick up on those tendencies and see how he does things. I’m just trying to follow in his footsteps.”The greatest impact Revis will have on the Jets this year is shutting down wide receivers such as the Colts’ T.Y. Hilton in Week 2 or the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 13. Yet his impact could last longer than what he does in uniform if he gets through to Pryor, Milliner and others to help them become longtime contributors.
    “He’s going to make us better as players,” Pryor said, “and at the same time teach us how to be professionals and go about our business.”
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  15. kelly added a post in a topic S dept . : Gilchrist ~ ~ ~   

    more re our S dept.  :
    The man in Calvin Pryor’s mirror looks exactly the same as he did a year ago when the hype was sky high.
    So, he speaks with a familiar candor and confidence. Nothing has changed even though so much around the second-year Jets safety is different now.Pryor’s forgettable rookie season prompted whispers that the Jets swung and missed on the Louisville Slugger (a nickname that he isn’t fond of, by the way). For all the expectations of bone-crunching hits and intimidation, Pryor wasn’t a difference maker due, in part, to circumstance.Cornerback deficiencies prompted Rex Ryan to employ more split-safety schemes, which moved Pryor, expected to instill fear closer to the line of scrimmage, to unfamiliar territory as a deep safety. The rookie never complained, but his frustration in private moments was palpable.
    He did what he was asked without venting publicly. The results were predictable. Criticism followed, but his self-confidence hasn’t waned.“I couldn’t care less what other people think,” Pryor told The News. “At the end of the day, those guys are not paying my bills or helping me in any type of way. I’m coming out here and putting in the work. I believe in my ability and it’s always going to stay that way. . . . My confidence level is high.”It should be. Pryor has the requisite skill set to be the intimidating, game-changing presence that the previous regime thought he could be when it drafted him with the 18th pick in 2014. The new coaching staff has moved him back to a more familiar role closer to the line. Even though Pryor will have to show flexibility, he won’t be anchored 25 yards down the field like he was a year ago.“I can make a lot of impact,” said Pryor, who missed last week’s preseason victory over the Falcons due to a death in his family. “I got a lot of experience under my belt. I went through what I went through. It’s going to make me a better player at the end of the day.”Although it’s probably impossible to find another young player so resolute, Pryor admitted his introduction to the league tested his core beliefs. The negative vibe surrounding a 4-12 team was something he hopes never to relive.
    “When you lose eight straight games, you’re going to have some negative thoughts and negative feelings,” Pryor said. “You just have to get through it. I’m a winner at heart. I’m used to winning. Once it gets back that way, my confidence level will go even higher.”The Jets’ offseason makeover in the secondary had an unintended effect: Pryor flew under the radar.While the organization grabbed headlines for signing Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine and Marcus Gilchrist, Pryor quietly — and happily — faded to the background.Most first-round picks coming off a disappointing rookie season would have felt the heat (especially in this market), but Pryor has steered clear of much of it because of all the surrounding noise." I’m kind of glad that happened,” Pryor said. “I’m glad I flew under the radar, because I’ve always been under the radar. My name has never been out there. When I was at Louisville, it was about Teddy (Bridgewater) and the offense. You never heard that much about me. I’d like to keep it that way and just jump out on tape when they see the film.”
    The early returns have been promising. Todd Bowles & Co. didn’t inherit a lost cause.Pryor had 60 tackles and a pair of passes defensed playing out of position last season. He can make a difference if used properly. The potential has been obvious to the new guys in charge from day one.“He’s everything that you want in a safety: He’s aggressive, he’s got size, he’s a good athlete,” defensive backs coach Joe Danna said. “Probably one thing that I didn’t know not having been around him is that he’s smart. He’s a good communicator. He picks up things quickly. You give it to him one time and he’s got it. That’s critical to playing the position.”He might not lack for self-confidence, but it isn’t where it needs to be on a 10-point scale yet. That must change.“It’s at an eight right now,” he said. “But once we play games and get rolling, I’m pretty sure it’ll go higher.”
    The man in the mirror believes he’s capable of very big things.
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