Don't get me wrong. I want Revis on the field this season. And I fully expect to see him out there for all 16 games. But I think that this squad is ready to take up the slack and show every team in the league that Gang Green isn't about one player. This defense is stacked and thanks to a coach that loves stockpiling talented cornerbacks, there is a long list of guys waiting in line to get a shot at Revis' position.
Just to give you an idea of how deep the Jets are at the position, take a look at the depth chart behind Revis: Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, Dwight Lowery, and Drew Coleman. I'm sure you've heard of the first two. Cromartie is looking to return to his 2007 form this season and his performance in training camp implies that's exactly what he's going to do.
Kyle Wilson was the team's first round selection in this year's draft. The cornerback out of Boise State is looking to make some noise as a rookie this season. If Revis makes it back in time for the first game, Wilson will be at nickel cornerback. If not, Wilson will most likely be the starting cornerback across the field from Cromartie.
After that comes Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman. You remember the guy that got burnt all game long by Peyton in the AFC Championship game? Yep, you guessed it: Dwight Lowery, ladies and gentelman! When Donald Strickland exitted the game with an injury, Manning caught fire in the second half, scorching the Jets and eventually winning the game and advancing to the Super Bowl. Lowery has shown flashes of potential since entering the league in 2008, but his body of work is unimpressive to date.
Drew Coleman has been in the league since '06, but he doesn't have much to show for it. While I am a Coleman advocate, he is pretty much untested as a starter. He can get some reps in sub packages, but I am not sure he is a guy you want out there for too many plays. Keep in mind that Coleman is probably the fifth on the depth chart if the stalemate with Revis ends. Not bad, eh?
The secondary might be slightly depleted without Revis, but nobody is doing major damage in the air against this team. And it won't be very easy to run the ball either when you have to face Kris Jenkins, Mike DeVito, David Harris, Sione Pouha, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace...and that's just the beginning.
Oh, and in case you didn't realize, the Jets might quite a splash in free agency on the offensive side of the ball as well. LaDainian Tomlinson was the riskiest of the bunch, but through most of training camp and the first few preseason games it's looking like the acquisition will pay off. The veteran running back has impressed, just as I predicted he would.
And if that isn't good enough, an already explosive receiving corps will have Santonio Holmes at the helm this season once he serves his suspension for the first four games. Imagine this: Sanchez drops back in the pocket. He goes through his progression, checking Santonio Holmes, followed by Braylon Edwards, and then Jerricho Cotchery, finishing with either Brad Smith or David Clowney. That is a hell of an arsenal for the sophomore quarterback.
Believe me. Revis won't be missed too much once you see that collection of players dominating in all three phases of the game.
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