FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Calvin Pryor is fine with people making him out to be “the bad guy.” But the Jets safety set the record straight — again — on Ryan Tannehill’s “classless” comment. “I just had to let him know, it never would have happened if you wouldn’t have put your player in that position,” Pryor said of the Dolphins quarterback ripping him for celebrating a hard hit on receiver Rishard Matthews.
Pryor said he was “shocked” Tannehill called him out postgame. “You just lost the game, I’m not thinking you’re going to make it about me and that one play,” Pryor said Wednesday.
Matthews reportedly suffered multiple fractured ribs in the game, but Pryor insists “it wasn’t a cheap shot at all. The quarterback threw a bad ball and I was there to make a play.”
Dee Milliner has to earn his playing time like everyone else. “You’ve got to see it on the field,” coach Todd Bowles said of the cornerback, who hasn’t played a defensive snap since being activated from short-term injured reserve. “It’s competitive. I’m not just going to put a guy in there, you have to take it.”
Milliner, who was drafted ninth overall in 2013, missed most of the offseason because of a wrist surgery. He was added to the active roster on Nov. 12, and played only eight special- teams snaps against the Bills. The oft-injured corner was inactive the following week in Houston and played eight special- teams snaps against Miami. Said Bowles: “He’s in football shape, he’s healthy. He just has to get his turn.”
Darrelle Revis (concussion), Marcus Williams (knee), Nick Mangold (hand), Calvin Pace (abdomen) and Dion Bailey (ankle) did not practice. Brandon Marshall (toe/ankle) was limited.