Calvin Pryor shook off a shaky rookie season to produce a promising campaign in 2015. The Jets safety, though, insists we still haven't seen him at full power.
The metaphor has issues, but point made.
"I know I'm one hell of a player when my mind is right and I'm focused and I'm locked in, and I have guys around me that believe in me," Pryor said. "I like to shine in the brightest moments. That's something I'm not going to shy away from. I think with Year 3, I can only get better."
Pryor bloomed at strong safety last year, generating a trio of turnovers after zero picks as a rookie. He wasn't afraid to confront receivers, either, logging six passes defensed while shining down the stretch.
"I believe in my ability to do great things, as well as make the Pro Bowl and being an All-Pro," Pryor said. "That's some of the things I have on my list, but at the same time, I have to put in the work for it. And once the season rolls around, I've got to play like it."
Another year in coach Todd Bowles' defense will only help Pryor's comfort level. Playing in a secondary with corners Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and the promising Marcus Williams won't hurt, either. This unit has a chance to shine.
(Side note: Does anyone else battle a constant fear of ceiling fans detaching from above, spinning down on innocent humans and creating total chaos? Maybe it's just me.)