Revis suffered a concussion against the Texans last week and hasn't been able to practice all week, today Todd Bowles officially ruled him out for Sunday. Revis has come into the Jets practice facilities every day this week but the team doctors have sent him home early every time. He is still going through the concussion protocal and while Bowles said he does seem to be improving he still hasn't been cleared to even sit in meetings.
No Revis means we're hearing a lot of 'next man up.' That's coaches favorite phrase when asked about replacing a star player due to injury and Bowles has his players mimicking that mantra. The next man up in this scenario is Marcus Williams. Williams and Antonio Cromartie will start the game as the outside corners, which allows Buster Skrine to stick to his role in the slot. Dexter McDougle would likely slide inside in dime packages or in Skrine's usual nickel slot if Bowles decides to use Skrine on the outside. Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls will also be on hand to potentially take some snaps on the outside if anything happens to Cromartie or Williams, but the Jets have faith Williams can get the job done.
"He's been consistent from day one, you put him in (and) he just makes plays," Bowles said. "No matter how many plays he gets in there the ball finds him. He makes plays, he's around the ball. He's poised, he's very smart, you only have to tell him things once and he's been consistent since the day I met him."
It will be interesting to see how the Jets decide to use all their corners against this Dolphins passing attack. The Dolphins offense is built on a lot of short passes designed to get yards after the catch. Expect to see Skrine covering Jarvis Landry for most of the game and if for some reason you see Cromartie covering Landry be prepared to pray as Landry could make Cromartie look foolish if they test him laterally.
Safety Dion Bailey has also been ruled out as he is still recovering from his high-ankle sprain.
Now for the good news, Mangold was a full participant in today's practice and is officially listed as probable. Barring any setbacks Mangold will play and the Jets will need him to stablize the offensive line and open up holes in the running game to take advantage of the Dolphins weakness defending the run (the Dolphins rank 31st in rushing defense allowing 138.6 yards per game at 4.3 yards per carry.
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