FLORHAM PARK: Divert the traffic. "Revis Island" is out of commission for a second-straight week.
While game day classifications won't officially be listed until after practice on Friday, Jets coach Todd Bowles has all but ruled New York star cornerback Darrelle Revis out for Sunday's showdown with the Giants. Still stuck in the concussion protocol, Revis has not practiced each of the last two days, and has yet to even be cleared to attend team meetings, let alone game activity or contact.
"I don't think so," Bowles said when asked if he thinks Revis would suit up. "He didn't do anything today, so it's more than likely he won't play."
Revis' almost-certain absence puts a slight damper on one of the more highly anticipated matchups of the season. After all, known as one of the better cornerbacks in the league, Revis was set to go head-to-head against Giants star wideout Odell Beckham Jr..
Making matters worse from the Jets POV is the fact it's not just Revis that the team is expected to be without, but also second-year corner Marcus Williams. Undrafted a season ago, Williams has intercepted a team-high five passes in limited reps this year, the second-highest total in the NFL this season.
Williams has missed practice each of the last two days, and Bowles said Thursday "it's going to be close" when asked of Williams' chances of playing, adding he'll be a "game-time decision."
What that means is that the task of covering one of the league's up-and-coming stars will fall on veteran Antonio Cromartie, along with a few others a bit further down the Jets' depth chart. It's unlikely the Jets shadow Beckham with Cromartie, which means Darrin Walls, Dexter McDougle, Buster Skrine and Dee Milliner could all be matched up against "OBJ" at one point or another.
"Somebody is going to have to step up," Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said. "I'd be crazy to sit here and say you can easily replace Darrelle Revis.
"But everybody pitching in and everybody bringing their traits to the table? It all helps."
More Jets News and Notes:
- After missing practice on Wednesday, Jets center Nick Mangold and outside linebacker Calvin Pace returned in limited capacity Thursday. It appears as if both will play on Sunday.
- Against the Dolphins last week, the Jets used a package involving outside linebackers Lorenzo Mauldin and Mike Catapano. The goal was to get more "speed" on the field, per Rodgers. It appears as if that will be something the Jets do more of going forward. Both Bowles and Rodgers liked its effectiveness.
- Expect Erin Henderson to continue to get more reps. Asked on Thursday, both Rodgers and Bowles said he's "earned them." Unfortunately for DeMario Davis, when Henderson comes on the field, he comes off.
- Bowles was asked on Thursday if, growing up in New Jersey, he was a Jets or a Giants fan. The answer? Neither. He rooted for the Baltimore Colts. "Bert Jones. Lydell Mitchell," Bowles said. "I was just a Baltimore Colts fan. I liked the Jets and Giants, but I was a big Colts and Vikings guy."