As noted in the previous article, Pryor had a blown coverage in a mix-up with Demario Davis, but he also took a bad angle on a couple of plays, a habit I was hoping he'd started to overcome. By far his biggest issue, however, was that he kept coming up towards the line of scrimmage on running plays but then getting blocked out of the play on the edge.
Pryor did have quite a few nice plays, including a tackle for a loss on a screen pass where he did well to avoid the block. However, if he's going to improve upon his consistency, he needs to anticipate plays better and be careful not to underestimate the speed many players have at this level.
At the other safety position, Marcus Gilchrist had a quiet game, but that's okay. All three of his tackles happened downfield and he was blocked out of a few plays, but in terms of being in the right position and avoiding any obvious mistakes, he carried out his role well.
At cornerback, there was a warning sign very early in the game as Darrelle Revis didn't get a clean jam in pass protection and Nelson Agholor got a step on him over the top. The throw went elsewhere though. Revis was only targeted twice and both were incomplete, although a perfect pass likely would have been completed, so it wasn't the blanket Revis coverage to which we've become accustomed. Revis suffered yet another minor injury towards the end of the game, which is starting to become troubling. Hopefully he doesn't miss any time, because elevating everyone one spot will make the secondary look a lot weaker.
Antonio Cromartie posted good numbers too but, again, wasn't entirely convincing. Targeted four times, all four were incomplete but one of them should have been a touchdown as he was beaten by a couple of steps and the pass was overthrown. He also had a nice diving pass break-up, but he easily could have been called for defensive holding on the play and was still basically beaten only for the throw to be a little late. He actually was called for holding on one other play. Cromartie did have good coverage on one third down incompletion, but otherwise, his coverage numbers don't really tell the whole story.
In the slot, Buster Skrine had some issues, giving up two first downs - on a timing route and a crosser with a legal pick play. He was beaten on one other play where the pass was underthrown and called for pass interference on a throw down the sideline where he grabbed the receiver's wrist. Still, he was in on a tackle in the backfield and made a stop at the goal line and one good play in coverage.
This week, the Jets changed up their little-used dime package so that Marcus Williams was in the game on a four cornerback look. That meant no reps for Jaiquawn Jarrett.
Next up...the last of our positional reviews covers special teams, which - unlike in the first two games - had a major impact upon the outcome this week...