FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Calvin Pryor was out on his field for the Jets' organized team activity (OTA) session on Tuesday, one week after he skipped the first one. He wasn't in his usual spot with the starters, though. He was on a backfield, working with the third team. Rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye worked with the starters.
Significant? Maybe. Or, as Todd Bowles indicated, maybe not.
"No, we move guys around every day," the Jets head coach said. "It's a sign that we're moving guys around on both fields trying to get guys acclimated."
Perhaps that's true, but it was impossible to read nothing into the lineup, especially when even Bowles admitted that "some guys don't move" between teams. Pryor's situation is also unique and loaded with uncertainty, since the Jets used a first-round (Adams) and second-round pick (Maye) on safeties and then decided not to pick up the fifth-year option (for 2018) on his current contract.
Clearly he doesn't have much of a future with the Jets, and even though Bowles indicated he may use a three-safety alignment at times this season, if Adams and Maye progress fast enough Pryor might not even have much of a present.
That's what made his absence from Day 1 of the OTAs so interesting, although a team source said he was back the next day for a practice that was closed to the media. It's unclear if Pryor had a scheduling conflict, just didn't want to attend the voluntary practice, or if he was making some sort of protest or statement.
Pryor was in the locker room when the media entered on Tuesday, but he declined all interview requests.
Bowles' take on the situation seemed clear last week when he was asked how he thought Pryor would handle the situation and the coach responded "If you're afraid of competition you don't need to be here."
On Tuesday, Bowles said that message wasn't meant only for Pryor's ears.
"I didn't say it of him in particular," Bowles said. "I was saying anybody. You're going to draft people every year, so if anybody's going to cry about someone being drafted at their spot and not go out there and play, this is not the league for them. I wasn't specifically talking about Calvin."
So how is the 24-year-old Pryor responding to the adversity?
"He's working hard," Bowles said. "There's not much to respond to as a player. Just work on doing your job. It'll take care of itself."