First Round Pick Also Toes The Company Line, Professes Hate For Patriots, Giants

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yeah, Calvin Pryor will fit right in with this bunch.

The Jets’ first round pick in last month’s draft served up a couple of priceless quotes on Friday, telling SNY one thing the fans will almost certainly love and another that might take a while to digest.

The hard-hitting safety out of Louisville first said just what you would expect a Rex Ryan player to say.

“We don’t like Tom at all,” Pryor said, referring to New England quarterback Tom Brady. “When I first came here one of the first things I heard about was ‘we hate the Patriots’ and ‘we hate the Giants.’ That’s what everyone is telling me, so we hate those guys and I look forward to playing them this season.”

Pryor touched on several other things during the interview, including how he fits into the defense, what it is like playing for Ryan, and how the intensity of the NFL compares to college — all standard stuff.

But then the topic turned to Geno Smith, who, depending on the media outlet you trust, may or may not be in a quarterback competition with veteran Michael Vick.

Pryor spoke as if it’s Smith’s job to lose, but then tossed in a nugget that may come as news to the vast majority of the fans.

“Geno has been very impressive. I know last year he got kind of a late start but he picked it up at the end of the season,” Pryor said. “I’ve been watching Geno since he was playing college ball. I know what type of quarterback he is. He’s going to be one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game of football. He just has to stay focused and do the little things right.”

As usual, any Jets within earshot of a microphone rarely disappoint.

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