The loss of Darrelle Revis leaves a gaping hole in the Jets defense.
The worst fears of the New York Jets were confirmed today when All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis was declared out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
(NY Daily News)
The Jets defense has to rally without their leader.
The injury to Revis occurred in the third quarter of the Jets 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins yesterday. Revis went down on a non-contact play where he was in pursuit of Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas.
Revis will be replaced by third year player Kyle Wilson who will play opposite corner back Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie will be asked to cover the opposing team’s top receiver — something Revis did 68 percent of the time last season.
The impact of Revis’ injury could have catastrophic results for the Jets who already rank 10th in total yards allowed. With teams looking to attack both sides of the field, the Jets defensive line has to improve on their total of three sacks to begin the season.
Revis’ absence in week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers could not be ignored. Ben Roethlisberger was 24 for 31 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
Maybe Rex Ryan will take some of his focus off trying to fit Tim Tebow into the offense and address a more dire need on defense.