Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn’t have a set amount of plays for newly signed defensive end Trevor Pryce in this weekend’s game against Buffalo, but he is sure of one thing.
“He’ll play enough,” Ryan said. “You guys will get to see what I know.”
Ryan is confident that Pryce will be a helpful addition to the Jets defensive line and talked a little more about the role he expects to see Pryce fill this weekend against the Bills. Ryan said that Pryce, who was cut on Wednesday by the Ravens, won’t play as many snaps as he normally would, but the team will have plays dialed up for him.
“When I was watching him on tape, the big thing when you have a veteran player is can they move anymore, can they run and all that?” Ryan said. “He definitely showed that on tape that he can still move.”
Ryan said that he will be using Pryce the same way he used to use him in Baltimore when Ryan was the team’s defensive coordinator, but did say Thursday that he expects him to be playing in passing situations. Ryan maintains that Pryce, who played in all three games this season for the Ravens but did not record a tackle, is in great shape and he should be fine.
“We go back and look at what I said about Trevor before we played him,” Ryan said Thursday. “I thought he was the best, or if not the best, one of the best inside pass rushers in the game and I still believe that.”
Pryce fully participated in Friday’s practice, saying there were no limitations and there was no acclimation period as he is already used to Ryan’s defensive schemes. In terms of playing, he said he has not yet been told, but remembers Ryan doing things “kind of like flying by the seat of your pants,” meaning he could be thrown into the game at any moment.
Pryce, who has the fourth-most sacks of any active player with 90, is excited to join forces with Jason Taylor, the active sacks leader, and disrupt the quarterback.
“I’ll be given a chance to and it’s not so much getting to the quarterback it’s so much more than that,” Pryce said. “It’s making quarterbacks make bad decisions, making quarterbacks realize where you are. You’d be surprised how much pressure makes a difference, even more so than sacks sometimes because a sack is like a play that’s over, a pressure, now the quarterback is looking for you the rest of the game. It can affect him, that’s the way I look at it.”