The New England Patriots released 26-year-old defensive tackle Myron Pryor, who is most famous for his injuries, trouble with weight, and he is criticized by some fans as being lazy. CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran reportedthe move yesterday, and Pryor’s release from the Patriots comes as no surprise.
Fast fact, did you know that Pryor has not played in a game since Week 2 of the 2011 season? In his first four career seasons, the former sixth-round pick out of Kentucky has appeared in just 24 games- that’s six games per season. Pryor was drafted out of Kentucky in 2009, and he actually made a quality impact as a rookie.
If Pryor was ever healthy and on the field, then he could have had an impact in the rotation as an interior pass rusher. He can disrupt the pocket and make some plays at DT, so Pryor isn’t some utterly useless player. In fact, Pryor has a strong chance of landing somewhere else, but his inability to actually play (for whatever reason) has undermined his chance at success.
The Patriots are wisely moving on from Pryor, and he had back issues before suffering from a torn pectoral that has caused him to miss so much playing time. Pryor started the 2012 season on the PUP list and was never activated, and there might be some legs to the thoughts kicked around by some fans that he is lazy. The Patriots are content to move on at DT with Armond Armstead in the fold, and he will most likely be a better player for the Pats. It was time to move on from Pryor, as he never realized the potential he showed very early in his career.
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