Darrelle Revis wasn't sugarcoating his and the Jets' play this season when he talked with reporters after today's practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
"It's a down year," Revis said. "It's a down year for the team, it's a down year for me personally. But I've been in these situations before. It's not the year for us. We've got these last couple of games, this month of December to come out with some positives at the end of the season. And then we'll focus on the offseason, and for me personally, my focus is on the future of this football club."
As for exactly what that future is, he said, "I'm under contract until 2018. ... I'm playing football." Asked if there could be a restructuring ahead, he replied, "We'll see what happens next year. ... We'll see. We'll figure it out."
Ross' RoleJeremy Ross is well aware of Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee. For one thing, he was a former teammate.
"I was with Indy in 2011, my rookie year," Ross said. "Pat McAfee is a funny dude and he's a class act. And he's a good player, man. He's done some great things and he definitely makes people game-plan for him every single week."
McAfee's having a great season. With a 50.1-yard gross punting average, he's threatening to become only the eighth punter in NFL history to finish with a 50-plus average. His 43.1 net is third in the league. On top of that, he's one of those rare punt/kickoff specialists and he's tied for 10th in the league with 37 touchbacks.
So besides being a friend of the Colts' secret weapon, Ross is most aware of what he needs to do now that he's back for his third stint with the Jets this year as their veteran punt and kickoff returner.
"It's definitely a blessing and I'm happy to be back with my teammates, with my guys, back to work, back playing football again. That's always great," he said. "I feel good about just the impact I'm able to make on this team. It's a big role I'm in right now. There's a lot of opportunity to be able to make some impact plays for my team and I'm excited about that."
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Injury PictureHead coach Todd Bowles listed six players as not practicing today in his first injury report of the week — S Calvin Pryor (concussion), T Breno Giacomini (lower back/shoulder), LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle), WR Brandon Marshall (knee/foot), WR Jalin Marshall (concussion) and NT Steve McLendon (hamstring). The coach added three players as limited — CB Marcus Williams (ankle), CB Nick Marshall and LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps).
Not listed among the DNPs and LPs for the first time in five weeks is C Nick Mangold, who Bowles said practiced full but was waiting for the rest of the week's practices before committing to Mangold's return to game action.
Bowles said he was told Jalin Marshall suffered his concussion during the game against New England but didn't have any symptoms until coming to the facility Wednesday. He also said he doesn't think that Giacomini's back issue is in the same area as the injury that landed him on Physically Unable to Perform for all of training camp and the first seven games of the season.
Also, LS Tanner Purdum is on the injury report for the first time in five years. He practiced full today with a finger injury. In 2011 he spent three weeks on the I-report with a back issue.