It looks like Darrelle Revis wasn’t in tip-top football shape as it turns out.
Just two weeks after signing a contract and getting on the field, Revis is likely out for at least a week or two with a strained hamstring.
According to Rich Cimini, Revis doesn’t plan to return until he’s at 100 percent, and if he’s smart, he’ll sit the next two weeks.
The reason I say this is because he’s most likely going to miss this week when the Jets travel down to Miami to face the Dolphins, where the real challenge lies in Brandon Marshall, so what’s going to keep him out against a weak Buffalo Bills offense the week after that? Lee Evans is no slouch, but he’s not a top-tier receiver either, and newly promoted Ryan Fitzpatrick surely isn’t a threat.
Revis’ best bet is to just take the next couple of weeks off. He should get some exercise, but not overdo it to the point where he re-injures himself. The Jets defense will have to rely on Antonio Cromartie and rookie Kyle Wilson to man both cornerback spots if Revis, indeed, sits out even one game.
The Jets secondary struggled heavily in Week 1, being penalized quite a few times after a less than stellar performance against Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, and Todd Heap, among a few other Ravens receiving options. The secondary didn’t look nearly as bad in the win against the Patriots, however, but you can bet that teams are going to go after the rookie Wilson.
The Jets secondary also didn’t give up any points in the second half to Tom Brady and the explosive Patriots passing game, so Revis sitting may not be that bad after all. Randy Moss could have easily caught five or six passes instead of the two had he not dropped a few, whereas in the second half the Jets ended up with two interceptions off the veteran Brady.
If the Jets truly want to make a playoff run, they will make sure Revis is fully healthy, however.
More than likely Revis will sit out for Miami and the Jets will use a full week of practice for Wilson and the rest of the secondary to catch up on film of Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess, and Brian Hartline, as well as tight end Anthony Fasano.
Miami has more talented receiving options than many people believe, as well as a solid running game, so the game against New York looks to be a surprisingly good one. Don’t count out Chad Henne, as he’s clearly improving as the starter for the Dolphins.
It's looking like Revis Island will be closed for a couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean the Jets can't shut down opposing wide receivers.
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