One day after team owner Woody Johnson said that the team hasn't made progress with regards to a new contract for holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Jets' secondary made a statement on Tuesday morning with a series of strong individual efforts. Cornerback Drew Coleman stood out as a player making strides in camp, including an impressive interception on a Mark Brunell pass. On the opposite side, offseason acquisition Antonio Cromartie read Mark Sanchez's eyes perfectly for an interception of his own.
Head coach Rex Ryan and the rest of the staff are going ahead as if they won't have Revis this pre-season. This is one day removed from Ryan telling the media that if Revis were to join the team a day before the start of the season, he'd still be one of the team's two starting cornerbacks.
Ryan said that the team makes mention of Revis "but we are going to go on without him."
"When we're talking about our goals, we're talking about how to defend people – of course we mention Revis," Ryan said. "Like I said, he's part of our team, he's just not here."
Yesterday, Johnson was candid in his responses concerning the hold-out of Revis. Johnson said he was disappointed at the fact that his star defensive player was a no-show on the first day of practice.
"Am I disappointed? Yes," Johnson told the media. "I'd like everything to be clear sailing towards the Super Bowl and [then] we're done."
Johnson said on Monday that the team has made two contract offers to Revis in addition to the current contract from his rookie deal which currently has three years left. Johnson said he is optimistic about a deal being worked out, even as the two sides are "far apart" with regards to the total compensation in the deal.
"The lines are totally open – I'm open," Johnson said. "If Darrelle wants me to go down and visit him, wherever he is, I'm going."
In terms of having the resources to sign Revis, Johnson brushed the issue aside. At no time during his 11 years as owner of the team, says Johnson, have they been unable to sign a player because of financial issues.
Johnson would not talk about the specifics of the deals offered, either the long-term deal from the Jets or the short-term "band aid" that would get Revis on board for at least this season.
"We want to have a deal that's good for him, good for us," Johnson said.
Until then, the Jets will continue with the personnel they have.
"You're taking the best corner in the league out of your defense," Ryan said about the Revis holdout. "But by no means does that mean we're not going to still get it done."
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