|Revis, Harris get plenty of attention as Jets open rookie minicamp|
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|Saturday, 12 May 2007 12:57|
Then someone asked the first-round draft pick if he had thought about potentially lining up against the New England Patriots' newest star receiver in Week 1 of the regular season.
Revis paused for a moment and gave the safe answer, saying it would be the coach's decision. When pressed, he chuckled and seemed unfazed by the possibility of facing Randy Moss.
``I grew up watching him - he's a great player,'' Revis said Saturday. ``It's going to be a little crazy going out there and playing against a guy like that. I just think of it as football. We're a team. There's no one-on-one with me and Randy Moss.''
But it's that type of matchup the Jets wanted Revis for, and they traded with Carolina to move up from the 25th pick to No. 14 to snatch the former Pittsburgh star.
``Obviously, they did it for a reason,'' Revis said.
The Jets were unsettled at the right cornerback spot last season, and Revis could bring stability there for years if the talent matches the hype. He was considered the best overall cornerback in the draft, and he's also got the right jersey number: 24, once worn as a Jet by Ty Law - his friend and fellow Aliquippa, Pa., native.
``I've been pleased with his work ethic, and it's what I expected,'' coach Eric Mangini said after the first day of non-contact drills with the 48 rookies and free agents. ``I think he worked really well today and he's been working well in the classroom.''
Revis, the nephew of former NFL defensive tackle Sean Gilbert, had an outstanding college career, finishing with 129 tackles and eight interceptions. He was also an elusive punt returner, another role he could fill with the Jets.
``It's going to take some time for him to get used to the system, like all of these guys, so they can think less and react more,'' Mangini said.
Linebacker David Harris, the Jets' second-round pick out of Michigan, is another player expected to make an immediate impact in the team's 3-4 defense.
``Oh, man,'' Harris said with a smile, when asked about learning the system. ``It's an NFL defense - that's a big step up from college. There's a lot more checks, a lot more adjustments, a lot more plays, actually. I'm just trying to go in and learn as fast as I can.''
The Jets are banking on Harris being a quick learner because he could certainly add a physical presence at linebacker, joining Jonathan Vilma in the middle.
``I've really liked his inherent leadership, his presence and I thought he was very fluid in the passing game in seven-on-sevens and things like that,'' Mangini said. ``The person we researched is the person who's here.''
Offensive lineman Jacob Bender, the Jets' sixth-round pick out of Nicholls State, is working at left tackle - and could serve as a backup to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. He might also see playing time at right tackle and possibly some at guard, and that suits the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Bender fine.
``I'm athletic and I learn quickly,'' Bender said. ``Whatever I can do to help the team win.''
Chansi Stuckey struggled with injuries during his college career at Clemson, including a broken right foot that sidelined him for three games as a senior. The Jets were satisfied that the wide receiver was over the injury problems, enough so to draft him in the seventh round.
Judging by his speedy showing Saturday, it appears Stuckey has indeed put the foot injury behind him.
``I just want to be the best whether I was drafted in the first round or I wasn't drafted at all,'' Stuckey said. ``I just want to work hard and earn my keep.''
Two undrafted players looking to make impressions are former college wrestlers Cole Konrad, who won NCAA titles the past two years for Minnesota, and Tommy Rowlands, a former Ohio State wrestler who has his sights set on Olympic gold at Beijing next year.
Konrad is trying out as an offensive lineman, while Rowlands is looking to catch on as an outside linebacker - despite the fact that neither of them have played football since high school.
Also in camp is wide receiver Jesse Pellot-Rosa, a former standout guard on the Virginia Commonwealth basketball team that upset Duke in the NCAA tournament in March. He also hasn't played football in four years.
One player who might have a legitimate shot at sticking is Leonard Peters, a hard-hitting, playmaking safety from Hawaii who's easily spottable with his Troy Polamalu-like long, flowing dark hair.
``The best way that they can help themselves is by flashing on the screen or flashing in the classroom,'' Mangini said. ``We're one day into it, so there have been some blinking lights, but we're looking for the flash, and that's what these guys are working for.''