The first week of organized team activities has begun. The 2014 Jets’ journey has started and the battle of making the team begins for players. The players on offense and defense get the opportunity to scrimmage against one another 11-on-11. They wear helmets, but they do not wear pads; there is no contact.
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Drafting Calvin Pryor makes all sorts of personnel options possible. He will help create better matchup possibilities, particularly against teams with big, pass-catching tight ends. The Jets may go with a big nickel package with three-safeties, and no slot corner. It’s a package that seems to be something the Jets will have to utilize this season.
Pryor sat out OTAs due to wisdom teeth. The pain started Memorial Day weekend. Jets trainers arranged a dental appointment, and the results are that he needs to have three of his wisdom teeth extracted. So that kept him unable to fully participate in the Jets’ organized team activities practices on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater,
Pryor said, “Once I got on that plane ride, that’s when they really hit me, my mouth is kind of swollen, so I can’t put my helmet on,” Pryor said. “So (the trainers) don’t want me out there with contact right now. The only thing I’ve been doing is just individual (drills in practice),” Pryor said. “I haven’t done any team work or anything. I can’t put any pressure on the side of my mouth right now. I should be back next week.”
Dowling has had some impressive OTA practices so far. During two different plays, he managed to stay stride-for-stride with both Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, preventing both from catching deep balls thrown in their direction.
Dowling is a cornerback the Patriots drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft. He had injuries his first two seasons, only to get cut during training camp last year. The Jets signed him in October and put him on the practice squad. He could turn out to be a hidden jewel.