Jets announced the signing of the recently released defensive end, Trevor Pryce. He will fill the slot formerly held by Mike DeVito, who filled in following the departure of Marques Douglas. Douglas himself was a former Raven.
Pryce, 35, will bring a familiarity with the playbook and experience to teach the previously mentioned DeVito. In the meantime, he'll help the Jets generate some much needed pressure without blitzing.
Pryce was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round (28th) in 1997. There, he proceeded to shred offensive line men for sack after sack and help them win a Super Bowl. He was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls and named part of their 50th anniversary team. He then went to the Ravens and generated excellent pressure. Now, he's a Jet.
Career wise, he is dominant. He generated 90 sacks, two picks, and 34 tackles. He managed eight fumbles and four recoveries. He is certainly a step up from DeVito.
How will he affect the Jets? He will probably face right tackles most often while Ellis takes the left. Lets see who he will face:
Bills: Cornell Green
Vikings: Phil Loadholt
Broncos: Ryan Harris*
Packers: Mark Tauscher
Lions :Gosder Cherilus
Browns: John St. Clair
Texans :Eric WInston
Bengals: Andrew Whitworth
Patriots: Sebastian Vollmer
Dolphins: Vernon Carey
Steelers: Willie Colon*
Bears: Frank Omiyale
Not many of these are great. Only Harris and Colon are above average. Pryce should be able to slice up these tackles easily.
Is he out of it? Is he too old? I think not. He had one of his best years last year. He racked up 6.5 sacks and made 31 tackles. He isn't done yet.
Pryce should be able to generate pressure on the quarterback and will augment Taylor and Eliss' pass rush. He could be the key part to a Jet's Super Bowl win.