New York Jets: Defense Scrap by Without Darrelle Revis, Will He Start in Week 4?

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New York Jets: Defense Scrap by Without Darrelle Revis, Will He Start in Week 4?
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With Darrelle Revis out with a hamstring injury, the Jets secondary did fine without him for a half against the Patriots in Week 2. This wasn't the case against the Dolphins.

The Jets let Chad Henne pass for 363 yards, and were unable to truly shut down Brandon Marshall.

Antonio Cromartie had trouble on some plays and couldn't blanket the tall receiver like Revis could. He ended up letting Marshall grab 10 receptions for 166 yards with a touchdown.

Kyle Wilson on the other hand was exposed like he was in the Ravens game. The Fins ran the same play twice in a row against him and he still wasn't able to stop it. It seems like he has trouble finding the ball and can't stay with his receivers through his first three games in the NFL.

This affected the rest of the Jets defense. Since the cornerbacks had trouble covering their receivers, the Jets needed to drop more linebackers back instead of blitzing them. This eventually led to Henne getting all day in the pocket, and the Jets defensive linemen couldn't get off their blocks.

This is why Darrelle Revis is so vital to the Jets defense. If Revis were in there (and healthy) he would have been able to shut down Marshall and his side of the field. This would allow the Jets to bring more linebackers and a safety instead of having to drop them into coverage.

But with his hamstring and the injury report saying he will be out one to two weeks, should the Jets start him next week?

My opinion: No

The Jets' next opponent is the Bills, who don't really have a reliable quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Sure, he had a good game going for 20-for-28 and passing for 247 yards against the Patriots. But with the state the Pats secondary is in, Ryan Leaf could put up similar numbers against them.

Also the Bills offensive line is nowhere near as good as the Dolphins'. The Bills line has given up eight sacks, which is tied for fourth highest in the league.

This means the Jets will be able to get off their blocks better and pressure Fitzpatrick without Revis. They will be able to blitz more players, which will stop their running game as well.

Also, the Bills receivers aren't as good either. Marshall is one of the best receivers in the league. On the other hand Lee Evans, the Bills No. 1 receiver is maybe top 20. Maybe even that's being generous. They don't need Revis to shut down Evans. If Cromartie can shut down Randy Moss for a half, then it won't be hard to shut down Evans.

If Revis is not needed for this game, there is no reason that they should risk further injury with his hamstring. It's up to Rex Ryan and the Jets though.

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