FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A day after Sammy Watkins set up shop on Revis Island, Jets coach Todd Bowles expressed nothing but confidence in his cornerback.
Asked Monday if he thinks Darrelle Revis still is elite, Bowles replied: “Yes I do.”
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Thanks to soft coverage by Revis and defensive breakdowns, Watkins had a career- high 11 catches for 136 yards in a 22-17 victory by the Bills that prevented the Jets from making the playoffs.
Revis was so frustrated by the loss that he left Sunday without speaking to reporters. He talked about it Monday.
“It’s a battle back and forth,” he said. “He’s a great player, they had a great game plan for him. He made plays. It was back and forth. I batted a couple of balls down. But at the end of the day, overall, we didn’t play well as a team.”
Asked if the extra cushion he gave Watkins was his doing or a byproduct of the game plan, Revis, 30, said: “He made plays. He’s a deep-threat guy, so some of the plays he caught and he made plays.”
After the game, Bowles noted the Jets were in zone coverage on some of those plays by Watkins. On Monday, Bowles said, “We played just as much man as we did zone in this ballgame.”
As for his assessment of Revis’ play this season, Bowles said: “He’s a good corner. That doesn’t mean good corners don’t get beat or have bad games. I still think the same that I always did. He’s a good player, he’s tough, he’s smart, he works hard and he’s athletic. We’re glad to have him.”
Surgery for Wilkerson
Muhammad Wilkerson is expected to have surgery on his fractured right fibula in “about a week or less,” according to Bowles. He isn’t sure about Wilkerson’s recovery timetable, so it’s unclear how much offseason practice time (if any) the defensive end will miss.