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Calvin Pryor Doesn’t Work With Starters at OTA’s

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NFL: New York Jets at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jets safety Calvin Pryor attended OTA’s on Tuesday. The fourth year player was not among the starters, however.

Pyror spent the majority of practice on the far field with the backups. When he went to the sideline, he sat sullenly on his helmet.

Afterward, in the locker room, Pryor refused to talk to reporters.

It is easy to read too much into something like this. A player working with backups in a single May practice does not necessarily equate to that player having a guaranteed spot on the bench once the games start for real. Sometimes coaches do things like this to send a message. Sometimes they just want to give younger guys a few reps with the first team.

Even if it isn’t a big deal, however, it is difficult to come up with a context where this can be viewed as a positive for Pryor. The Jets drafted his replacements this year and did not pick up a team option on his contract. It doesn’t seem like the safety is in the team’s long-term plans.

The question is whether he is even in the short-term plans.