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New York Jets: Three on Notice

Gang Green has selected Louisville S Calvin Pryor in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. His presence probably does not mean good things for three players on the New York Jets.

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The selection of Calvin Pryor with the eighteenth pick by the Jets likely does not mean good things for three players. Given the investment and his ability, Pryor is likely to be a starter. This means less of a role for three other Jets.

Ed Reed might not be on notice as much as he might be finished. It stands to reason the Jets might have been waiting to see how the Draft shook out before making a move on Reed. Had they not grabbed a safety, the living legend might have been re-signed. The selection of Pryor probably ends any need for that. That's probably for the best. It was sad watching such a legendary player look so bad last season for two different teams. In life sometimes we only realize a perfect moment after it has already passed. Reed had his perfect moment to leave at the end of last season. He could have gone out after winning his first Super Bowl and retired as a member of the only team he has ever known. In the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn't matter, but it would have been nice.

For two other players, the selection of Pryor might mean a training camp competition for a starting job. They are Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry. Landry might have an edge in this competition. He was playing over Allen at the end of last season. Rex Ryan also might not want a young, inexperienced safety tandem. In his complicated defense, he might well want a steady veteran presence like Landry with a rookie. It could easily become a competition, however. We will just have to wait and see.

None of these players can take this selection as good news, however.