Revis back on field at Jets camp
Darrelle Revis was back on the field in team drills with the Jets at training camp in Cortland, N.Y.
Revis, who reported to camp Thursday to quell concerns of a third holdout from the All-Pro cornerback, injured his hamstring on the second day of practice. He's a linchpin for a defense coach Rex Ryan expects to have a serious renaissance in 2012 after ranking 25th in total defense and 28th in yards per play last season.
"I look at myself as the best defensive coach in football," Ryan said. "That's saying something, because (Steelers defensive coordinator) Dick LeBeau is pretty darn good. Bill Belichick is pretty good. But that's the way I've always believed. And you know what, I believe it, because the guys I coach with, there's no doubt about that, and the guys I have coached."
One of the very best Ryan has coached is Revis, who removed the biggest potential distraction for the Jets by deciding to report to camp on time and not hold out for the third time in six NFL seasons. Revis did miss most of practice Sunday with a tight right hamstring.
"I haven't been to a lot of training camps in the past," Revis said Thursday as he and the reporters surrounding him all laughed.
Revis is entering the third year of a four-year, $46 million deal he continually refers to as a "Band-Aid," said he wasn't unhappy with his contract but took until last week to decide he wasn't holding out. Of course, had he not reported to camp, he would have lost a reporting bonus of $1 million and been subjected to daily fines of up to $30,000.
Revis said he hoped the Jets would ink him to another extension that would give him the opportunity to finish his career in New York and hinted he would be dissatisfied if they didn't-proving that even the sunniest of days for the Jets feature clouds on the horizon.
"Hopefully they will see me as maybe the face of the franchise guy and lock me up," Revis said amidst stirring media attention on quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. "But if not then I think we all kind of know where it's going. In terms of, you know, I'm a person, it's my career and I have to do what I need to do for my family. I think that's the biggest thing."
-- The Sports Xchange