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Camp Cortland: Day 9

Jets safety Kyle Wilson, left, breaks up a

Jets safety Kyle Wilson, left, breaks up a pass intended for receiver David Clowney during Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 4, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The big picture is still Darrelle for Dwight Lowery and the Jets secondary. But within that picture, rookie cornerback Kyle Wilson is coming into much greater focus as each day of camp progresses.

"Still a chance that Revis will come back," Lowery said. "That is the big picture of the thing, but we will roll with the punches and see what works."

With the waning confidence in Revis, Lowery and Wilson say they have figured out a way to roll with those punches. A competition between them, they both say, is not imminent.

On Monday, Rex Ryan said he was told by the veteran cornerback Lowery -- Wilson's competition in the Jets secondary -- that Wilson should be given first-team reps with the Jet defense. Ryan elaborated on that on Monday, suggesting that Wilson will remain with the first team, getting reps at Revis' vacated cornerback slot and suggested Wilson will likely start in his first ever preseason game at the position against the Giants next Monday at the Meadowlands.

"I wouldn’t say (the decrease in confidence regarding Revis' contract negotiations) was why (Lowery told Ryan to have Wilson work at corner with the first team)," Lowery said.  I would say that has something to do with it. There is a chance that Revis wont be here at anytime we all have to be ready to step up to the plate."

But even further into the Jets season than that starting job against the Giants next Monday, with the decrease in confidence in Revis' arrival to camp here in Cortland (and Revis' status with the team this upcoming season), it appears as if Wilson will be the heavy favorite to start in his spot.

And despite the expected competition between Lowery and Wilson, Ryan and Lowery both said Lowery was in fact the one that offered up this as the solution to the Revis-bred problem.

Said Wilson: "I talked to Dwight and he told me it was like, ‘You are probably going to playing a lot for us, and you need to be going out there competing.' That's kind of how that came about."

Lowery said today that he is more comfortable playing on the inside of the Jet secondary and on the inside of the Jets nickel package playing multiple positions in the Jet defense. He said he would rather vacate Revis' former position to the rookie and move back to the inside.

Reps, Lowery feels, are the only way Wilson can even come close to replicating somewhat of the production of the departed Revis.

"You gotta think about it," Lowery said. "These preseason  games are meaningful games, the more he gets out there it will help him in the long run. There is nothing like going out there knowing this is where I’m going to be, this is what’s happening and getting experience. He is the type of guy that learns from mistakes and happens on the field."

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Jet wide receiver David Clowney returned to training camp Monday after missing Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Camp with an emergency within his family.

He did not comment on the family emergency and leave for the first time Tuesday since his return.

Clowney said: "It was a family emergency, I had to take care of that first, at the end of the day the coaches understand that. Coach Ryan understood that."

The receiver made a touchdown reception in the back-right corner of the endzone Monday, snagging a pass from Sanchez between Jim Leonard and Eric Smith. Clowney is fighting for a roster spot, and is getting looks as a kick returner under Mike Westhoff. 

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This and that

n     Ryan said that Matt Slauson will start at left guard against the Giants, and that Slauson is "without question" ahead of his competition Vladimir Ducasse. 

n     Tomlinson took snaps out of the Wildcat.

n     Kris Jenkins had some words of wisdom we can’t post on the blog for one sorry fan in a Cowboys jersey.

n     Jim Leonard made a highlight worthy interception of a Mark Sanchez pass intended for – and tipped up by – Braylon Edwards.

n     Mark Sanchez was 4-10 with a touchdown and an interception.

n     Nick Folk did not attempt and kicks in the morning session.

n     Jason Taylor was held to just individual work this morning due to a groin injury.

n     Ryan expects tight end Jeff Cumberland back for this afternoon's practice.

n     The head coach said he felt Lowery had a poor practice, and Ryan spoke with Lowery as they went to the weight room together, following practice.

n     Ryan said Jets former first round pick Vernon Gholston -- who is competing for a roster spot -- was the first Jet since the start of camp to beat Jason Taylor from the defensive end position. Said Ryan: "The light is coming on right before our eyes."

n     Mark Brunell is the clear favorite for the back up quarterback spot, Ryan said. 

n     Ryan went into the details on the Jets conditioning test (which rookie Joe McKnight failed last week). Here is the breakdown for the three different groups of players:

 

Offensive and defensive linemen: 20 40-yard dashes in a maximum of six seconds each. 30 second break between sprints, three minute break at the halfway point.

Quarterbacks, linebackers and tight ends: 20 50-yard dashes in a maximum of seven seconds each, 30 second breaks in between, three minute break at halfway point.

Skills positions: 20 60-yard dashes in a maximum of eight seconds each, 30 second breaks in between, three minute break at the halfway point...

Ryan's press conference was delayed several minutes, as he taped a feed with Sanchez to be shown in Times Square for HBO's Hard Knocks Training Camp series. 

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