Updated, 3:50 p.m. ET
It’s really old news to talk with Darrelle Revis about making plays on the practice field in May, but he did again at today’s media-availability OTA practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, and so we did as well.
“I think it’s just work ethic, working hard , trying to stay on the top of your game. That’s what I do,” No. 24 said in the locker room after the practice. “It goes back to where I grew up in Pittsburgh, a steel-mill-type city, in a city that loves its football. It began with just working hard in high school, on the field, then watching the film. The coaches introduced us to that a little bit then, they pushed it a little, we worked hard, and I carried it over to college and on into the pros.”
“Revis is Revis,” head coach Rex Ryan said at his just completed news conference this afternoon. “People say, why is he the best? He’s the best because he competes every single day. I throw balls out there in those defensive walkthrough things, and he’ll pick those off all the time. He’s going to maximize it. That guy’s going to have no regrets when his career is over.”
The Revis competitive instincts and work ethic were in evidence on a couple of plays today. On one 7-on-7 red zone drill, Tim Tebow was rolling right and WR Dexter Jackson was following Tebow 15 yards downfield in the end zone, heading for the left corner. The drawn-out play seemed sure to result in a score. Except that Revis was in coverage.
Tebow let the ball fly, it was on a line, it was headed for Jackson’s hands … and then Revis laid out a few feet in front and tipped it expertly away, well past Jackson, down the hill and onto the drive that rings the Jets’ practice fields. Touchdown averted.
Second-round pick Stephen Hill, who had a spectacular 7-on-7 grab earlier, from Tebow and not against Revis, was victimized in 11-on-11’s as Revis swatted away a Mark Sanchez pass into the end zone for the rookie.
“We rarely go against each other because I’ll be on the other side,” Hill said, “but when we do, I’ll catch one or two a day. He works hard on every play against everybody. I can say that sometimes I’ll be trying to run my route and he doesn’t even move. He just knows what’s coming.”
The practice work ethic, whether in May or December, the preparation at all times, the All-Pro performances have made Revis Island a destination to avoid for NFL receivers. It’s also made Revis’ contract situation a source of media and fan speculation, and a few reporters today wanted to try to pin down Darrelle’s mindset about this coming training camp and season. His repeated message to inquiring minds: “I’m getting ready for the season.”
He sounds as if he’s not the only one doing that. Ryan, Mike Pettine and several players have said the same thing about the pace of these practices. On the one hand, it’s easy to be up-tempo heading toward the full-squad minicamp in mid-June, and that doesn’t necessarily say anything about how things will be at training camp or for those three out of four games on the road in December that will wrap up the regular season.
But on the other hand, it’s definitely better to feel the vibe now than to feel no vibe.
“I think it’s a positive energy around here,” Revis said. “What happened last year, nobody’s getting into that. It’s just the focus of a new year, and hopefully this is the year for us to reach the promised land.”
Top pick Quinton Coples was active. He barged into the backfield in 11-on-11’s to reject a Sanchez pass, then in two-minute to end practice he stormed in on Greg McElroy, with the two tumbling harmlessly to the ground while G-Mac’s pass fell incomplete. “It was a productive practice,” Coples said. “I don’t know if it was a good practice. I’m looking forward to getting to watch the film this afternoon.”
Hill had one of the catches of the OTA practice, going down the left sideline with CB Kyle Wilson, rising high in the air for a Tebow throw, latching onto the ball and then tumbling to the ground inbounds for the 30-yard grab. “Hill’s fast, he’s got size and speed,” said Ryan. “He gets off the press way better than I thought he would. That’s where I thought he’d struggle. Guys come into the league, ‘OK, you can be fast, but let’s see how fast you are getting off this press.’ That’s something that’s been surprising to me.”
Add in third-round LB Demario Davis. Ryan said he misplayed the wheel route on the last play of a two-minute series today, but otherwise, “For the most part he did a great job. He’s been flying around, making his presence felt.”
And summing up the Jets’ Draft Class of 2012, and especially the first three choices, the coach said, “I’m really excited about this class and how they’re progressing.”
Comings and Goings
Ryan said he expects WR Santonio Holmes back from Germany for next week’s OTA workouts. As for S LaRon Landry, who has been rehabbing away from the Jets’ facility, Rex said he doesn’t expect Landry to miss too much of a beat with the Jets’ defense when training camp comes around. “This is a voluntary thing,” the coach said of OTAs. “Do I think he’s going to struggle picking up our defense when training camp comes around, playing alongside Yeremiah Bell and Eric Smith? No, I don’t. He’s got a playbook and all that. Guys learn differently.”
The Jets have made a Beehive State exchange on their roster. They waived tackle John Cullen, the undrafted rookie from the University of Utah, and signed undrafted rookie TE Tarren Lloyd (6’7″, 258) from Utah State. The roster remains at 90 players.
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