Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jets Cb Revis out with Concussion

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jets Cb Revis out with Concussion

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FLORHAM PARK -- The Jets' high-priced secondary is quickly becoming a primary concern. And the latest injury to All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis won't help matters much.

Coach Todd Bowles announced Revis will be out Sunday for the Jets' divisional showdown against Miami after suffering a concussion in the team's 24-17 loss to Houston last week.

"He's getting a little better each day, but not good enough for physical activity," Bowles said Friday, adding that Revis came to the facility in the morning for treatment before being sent home afterward. "There's always concern when someone has a concussion. You don't know how bad it affects someone. We just have to take our time and get it right with him."

Revis' injury opens the door for second-year pro Marcus Williams, who is expected to start opposite a struggling Antonio Cromartie.

"We'll have the same game plan," Williams said. "Todd [Bowles] said how it's about the next man up. ... The only change in the game plan is that Darrelle's not in there."

Williams, undrafted out of North Dakota State, has seen time at corner, nickel and safety this season, and has impressed the coaching staff with his flashes of playmaking ability.

Williams said Bowles has referred to him as "the utility man," capable of filling a variety of different roles.

"I like his poise," Bowles said of Williams, 24, who has four interceptions and eight passes defended this season. "He's very patient out there. The moment is not too big for him and the ball finds him. He's very instinctive and smart. ... He's been very consistent since I've been here."

The Jets' success -- and recent lack thereof with New York 1-4 in its last five games following a 4-1 start -- is almost directly correlated to the number of turnovers it creates.

In their five wins, the Jets forced 18 takeaways. In their five losses, that number shrunk to two.

A lot of that stems from the performance of the secondary, one which general manger Mike Maccagnan dished out $127 million for. …

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