6 New York Jets Who Must Step Up After Darrelle Revis Injury
The New York Jets got a big win against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, but lost the most talented player on the roster when cornerback Darrelle Revis went down with a gruesome knee injury in the third quarter.
Revis was running over to defend a reception by Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas, but his left knee buckled and he fell to the turf.
A non-contact injury is typically only horrible news, and the team is fearing a serious ACL injury, according to Jason La Canfora via Twitter:
Jets fearing a possible ACL injury for Darrelle Revis. Doesn't look good but will not know extent until more test done back in New York.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012
While Revis is gone, New York is going to have to switch to more zone coverage on defense. Missing a player like Revis cripples a defense because the Jets will suddenly have to double-team opposing No.1 receivers.
Here are six players who are going to have to step up in Revis' absence.
CB Antonio Cromartie
Antonio Cromartie will now assume responsibilities as the Jets' No. 1 corner with Revis gone, and he should be more than capable of filling that role.
Make no mistake, Revis is vastly superior, but Cromartie's physical play makes him an ideal candidate for taking on the various No. 1 receivers that are spread throughout the league.
Cromarite is not the best in zone coverage, but with a safety helping him over the top, he should be able to take on the majority of the receivers in the league. He's not Revis, but he could still be a No. 1 somewhere in the NFL.
CB Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson has been a nice piece for the Jets to this point. The 25-year-old so far this season has been a solid slot corner and depth option—now his role will have to be drastically expanded.
Wilson is a solid all-around corner, but there is a reason he did not rise higher than the third spot on the depth chart. He is still a work in progress, but if Revis misses an extended amount of time, it is going to be a trial by fire for Wilson.
With Wilson at the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, he will cause a mismatch in favor of opposing teams if he cannot elevate his play. The time is not for Wilson.
CB Ellis Lankster and CB Isaiah Trufant
Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant were the No. 3 and No. 4 corners on the depth chart coming into the season, but are now being promoted to slot duty thanks to Revis' injury
How the two react is anyone's guess.
Lankster and Trufant are the last viable players on the roster at corner, which means the team could be active in the trade and free-agent market if Revis misses a long stretch of games.
Both players are solid depth pieces, but how they react in slot duty in various schemes without Revis will be key to the Jets' season.
FS LaRon Landry
LaRon Landry is going to have to step up his play in a big way now that he will have to help against the best receivers opposing teams have to offer.
Landry had it easy with Revis around. Being the best cornerback in the league by a mile, Revis hardly needed help covering receivers, which meant Landry was free to roam and the defense could send more players at the opposing quarterback.
With Revis gone, Landry's life just got much more difficult, and he's not exactly the best player in coverage. How he adapts to handling more coverage opportunities will drastically alter the defense.
SS Yeremiah Bell
As mentioned, with Revis gone, every player on the defense will suddenly have more responsibilities, and the play-calling side of things will not have as many different looks.
This means Yeremiah Bell, like LaRon Landry, will have to be involved a lot more in coverage. In Bell's case, he will have to help out more against opposing tight ends, and in zone, he will have to guard the middle or deep.
Not having Revis hits Bell hard. Being a strong safety, the running game is more of a focal point, but now, his coverage skills will be in the spotlight more than ever—for better or worse.
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