Thursday, August 18, 2011
Notebook: Revis enjoying stellar camp
By Rich Cimini
Darrelle Revis is back to being Darrelle Revis, which doesn't bode well for opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers.
One year after his acrimonious, summer-long holdout, the Jets' All-Pro cornerback is, by all accounts, enjoying the best training camp of his career. Revis has been a daily nightmare for QB Mark Sanchez, who ignores the "Revis Rule" and challenges him in practice -- without much success.
It's humbling for Sanchez, but he thinks it makes him a better quarterback.
"They keep saying, 'The Revis Rule, the Revis Rule,' but that's my chance to get after it in practice," Sanchez said Thursday. "I can see what you can fit in and what you can get by with. He keeps you sharp, he keeps you accurate ... You try to take short vacations on Revis Island and try to get out of there as quick as you can."
Said Rex Ryan: "He's the Tom Brady and Peyton Manning of defensive backs in this league. He's the best I've ever been around."
PLAX UPDATE: WR Plaxico Burress (ankle), who practiced extensively Wednesday for the first time, suffered no residual effects, according to Ryan. Burress will continue to be monitored by the trainers. He's slated to make his Jets debut Sunday night against the Bengals.
INJURY UPDATE: RB Joe McKnight (concussion) was scheduled for a medical evaluation Thursday morning. He's not expected to practice ... The following players will be limited in practice -- QB Mark Brunell (finger), RG Brandon Moore (hip), DT Marcus Dixon (knee), LB Brandon Long (quad), NT Sione Pouha (knee) and LB Bart Scott (lower leg) ... Moore won't play Sunday night ... WR Patrick Turner (shoulder) and OL Chris Stewart (shoulder) are nursing minor injuries.
REX ON ELI: Ryan weighed in on the Eli Manning debate, the contention (by Manning) that he belongs in the same class as Brady. Ryan spoke of Manning in the context of a question about Sanchez, whether he deserves to be mentioned in the Brady-Peyton Manning category.
"Not those two; those two have won Super Bowls," Ryan said. "Peyton Manning has won a Super Bowl and he's won a zillion games. In my opinion, he's the best quarterback in the league. Tom Brady has won only three Super Bowls and he's probably been MVP of the league three times. We're a ways from there, but if you win a Super Bowl ...
"Like Eli saying be belongs in the conversation, I certainly understand where Eli is coming from. He's won one Super Bowl. He's a great quarterback. Now is he Tom Brady and Peyton Manning? Probably not, but he's darn good -- and I think Mark Sanchez is pretty darn good."
GOOD CAUSE: Sanchez took a lot of grief for his pictures in GQ magazine, but there is some good that will come out of his photo spread. He wore Hugo Boss clothes on the cover, and Hugo Boss is making a donation to "Tuesday's Children," children and family members who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This is the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy, and Sanchez, in conjunction with the clothing line, is planning to have a Sept. 2 fundraiser.
ODDS AND ENDS: Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who suffered a spinal-cord injury in a game, was scheduled to visit practice. He was invited by LB Jamaal Westerman, a former Rutgers player ... Newly signed OLB Aaron Maybin, a former first-round flop in Buffalo, will get a chance to contribute on Mike Westhoff's special teams unit. Westhoff said Maybin (6-4, 240) is "well-suited" for certain roles, but he's taking a realistic approach. He knows there's a reason why Maybin was dumped after only two seasons. "I don't think the guys in Buffalo are dummies," he said.