Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis underwent wrist surgery in the offseason, and there is some concern how it will affect his play.
Revis is expected to be fully healthy by training camp, and Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles said of that Tuesday’s minicamp, “It’s hard to say. I don’t know. I said before, when he’s ready, he’ll come back. But he’s doing all the right things, but without hitting anybody with it you never know for sure. I don’t know whether it’ll be the beginning or sometime during (training camp).”
Bowles said of whether Revis will be eased in when he does return, “No, if he comes back and he’s healthy he’ll go right in and play.”
On whether Revis is on track with his rehab or behind schedule, Bowles said, “He’s on track. He’s doing all the right things. He’s strengthening it and everything else. But until you really push up and jam somebody you won’t really know.”
At Jets minicamp on Tuesday, Revis would not entertain the idea of having to change his game at all as he approaches 31 years old.
Revis said of changing his game, “Not changing nothing I do. Not changing nothing I do.”
Last season, in his first one back with the Jets on a 5-year, $70 million contract, he had a good season but not to the standard the Jets became accustomed to years ago.
Revis disclosed the injury to Jets coaches, but didn’t delve into how much discomfort he was in.
On the effect the wrist injury had on his game, Revis said, “I do a lot with my hands, especially when you play defensive back. I can’t really pinpoint whether I fell on the ground or if I was jamming somebody or getting off the block. I don’t know. I just now it was painful when it happened…I just continued to try to play at a high level for me. I don’t complain.”
Revis said on changes he can possibly make to his game, “I know what type of player I am. There’s no need for me to put my energy into those types of things. I’ve been doing this for a while and I’m going to continue to keep on doing it until it’s time for me to leave.”
Bowles said of how much he thinks Revis’ wrist affected him last year, “I don’t think it did. At first, we didn’t know about it. Everybody plays with nicks at the time and when you don’t get treatment on something how are you supposed to know? A lot of players play hurt all year. Not many people go through the year healthy and they just play with nicks and bruises. I’ve seen him jam some people late in the season and do things with it so I don’t think it hurt very much.”
When Bowles was asked if he saw anything last season that indicated Revis has lost a ste, he said, “No, I didn’t. I saw the same guy.”
Bowles said of whether Revis being present for voluntary programs means something to the team, “It always means something. I don’t think you play that long in the league without being reliable, have good work ethic and understand what you need to do every year. Guys like him, David Harris, Brandon (Marshall), (Nick) Mangold and all those guys, they play a long time for a reason. They take care of their bodies, they’re here all the time and they pay attention. Even though it could get boring and monotonous for them, they still do a good job at it so having him here is great.”