Darrelle Revis is expected to be a full go this July when the New York Jets start gearing up for the 2016 NFL season in earnest.
The All-Pro cornerback had pins removed in his surgically repaired wrist last week, per Rich Cimini of ESPN, and is on track to be fully healthy in time for training camp.
In the meantime, he’s still unable to lift weights or get work in with his teammates during offseason workouts or OTAs.
This is good news for the Jets, both in terms of his recovery and what his unavailability for the next couple of months.
Obviously, getting him back in time for training camp will help the entire defense become a cohesive unit heading into preseason games and the regular season.
But while he’s out the Jets have a fantastic opportunity to let some younger players like Marcus Williams and Dexter McDougle get some valuable work in while he’s recovering, as Cimini mentioned.
When healthy, there aren’t many cornerbacks in the NFL that can compare to Revis, even now as he enters his 30s. If he has lost a step, it’s not noticeable on the gridiron, where he continues to dominate the league’s top receivers, week in and week out.
Before the injury forced Revis out of the lineup last year, he tallied five interceptions in 14 games, bringing his career total up to 28 in nine seasons. This is even more remarkable when you consider opposing quarterbacks don’t often throw his way, given his deserved reputation as someone you don’t want to test.
It will be interesting to see how much longer Revis can continue dominating on the corner. Set to earn $17 million this year, he is considered by some to be one of the most overpaid players in the NFL, despite his history of outstanding play.