- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor has been looking good in practice, and even intercepted Geno Smith after bringing down a ball tipped by Dee Milliner. After, Smith was asked if Pryor was continuing his loud talking on the field now that he's a Jet.
"A little bit, but I don't think he's really earned that right to talk amongst this locker room," Smith said. "But he does get it in a little bit. I think he knows his place, he knows his role and the more and more he gets comfortable I think you'll hear him talking a little bit more."
That could be sooner than later. Pryor has been getting first team reps at safety over veteran Dawan Landry. When asked who stood out to him at the minicamp, coach Rex Ryan noted Landry was the first, due to his mentoring ability. It doesn't take much to read through the lines there.
It's probably a good sign that a rookie safety is getting under his quarterback's skin. To be fair, Smith was complementary of Pryor as well, saying he was "mature," a "big hitter" and "I think he has a bright future here."
The Jets will have a better sense of how developed Pryor is when they get him in pads during training camp.
"He's a talented kid," defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. "We drafted him No. 1 we feel like he's going to bring a lot to our secondary so we'll see."
McDougle shines: Rookie cornerback Dexter McDougle, after practicing for just a week with the Jets coming off shoulder surgery in his last year in college, also earned high praise from Thurman.
"I think he's everything we thought he was going to be," Thurman said. "…There are some guys you look at and say OK they were born to play this position. He was built to play cornerback."
McDougle intercepted Michael Vick on Thursday. Between Pryor and McDougle, the secondary has gotten younger and, most likely, better.
Roster moves: After practice, the Jets announced they had released TE Terrence Miller. The team also signed K Andrew Furney and P Jacob Schum.