With Ropati Pitoitua and Kris Jenkins done for the season, depth along the defensive line was a concern for this team. While Shaun Ellis, Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, and Vernon Gholston have done a great job in stopping the run, the Jets couldn't pass up a productive veteran like Trevor Pryce. The Jets signed the 35-year old Pryce to a one-year deal after Baltimore released him earlier in the week to make room for S Ken Hamlin.
The Ravens planned all along to bring Pryce back next week. Baltimore even kept his locker intact, just as the Jets did with Tony Richardson just a few weeks ago. But Rex Ryan and the Jets had other ideas. Pryce was a big fan of Ryan when he was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore, so it shouldn't be that big of a surprise. Pryce could add some interior pass rush as he led the Ravens in sacks last year with 6.5. Plus, as one of Ryan's guys from Baltimore, he should already know the system and be able to contribute right away.
The best thing about the addition of Pryce is that the Jets are once again pretty deep on the line. Ellis, Pouha, Pryce, DeVito, and Gholston make a deep and productive defensive line. Heck, even Howard Green made a few nice plays last game on the interior. But Pryce is 6-5, 290 with prototypical size and strength for the 3-4 DE spot.
And if anyone knows he can still play, it would be his former coach Ryan, his coach of three seasons in Baltimore. Remember, Ryan did not sign Adalius Thomas after bringing him in for a physical. Even at 35-years old, Pryce has more in the tank.
No word yet on what player will be released to make room for Pryce.
Other quick hits...
*OLB Calvin Pace's status for Sunday's game in Buffalo is up in the air. Pace suffered a broken foot in the third preseason game. He has returned to practice, but he's received limited work. Even if he doesn't play this Sunday, which is probably about 50-50, expect him to be ready for next Monday night's game against Minnesota.
*CB Darrelle Revis is not expected to play Sunday with his strained hamstring. Cornerback Drew Coleman would get the start in his place over rookie Kyle Wilson who has struggled a little this season. Ryan feels Coleman is better suited to start on the outside with Wilson moving into the slot. Coleman has been a whipping boy among Jets fans for years, but he's played very well this year. While against superior competition, he would get picked on, against Buffalo, the Jets should be fine against the Bills' weak receiving corps.
*With both Danny Woodhead and Chauncey Washington signed away by other teams, the Jets' runningback depth is perilously thin behind Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. To add a warm body, the Jets added former Bill RB Xavier Omon to the practice squad. G Chad Rinehart, formerly of Washington, was also signed to the practice squad.