Darrelle Revis is fully aware he and the Jets defense are going to have their hands full trying to clamp down on the Panther's mult-faceted attack Sunday at Met Life Stadium, but believes the "ready for the season defense" can handle it - especially since they've had practice with their own running quarterback.
"Yeah, they have an explosive offense," he said after practice Friday. "It starts with Cam Newton. He can pass the ball, he can run, he can do a lot of things with it."
Though the Jets are unlikely to see Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith (toe), Revis said the defense was "really excited for the test...
"It's a good test, because we had practice latching onto the receiver when Tim runs the ball [in practice] because it could be an extended play," he said. "We had a great practice and we feel good...This will be a big test for our defense."
He added that they've been "treating this whole week as a regular season week and we've been doing some things that focus in on Cam."
In other Revis news, two days after telling Newsday he's not sure the Jets have done enough to help Mark Sanchez succeed, the All-Pro cornerback tried to backtrack on Friday, saying that such things weren't under his purview.
"I don't recall saying that," he said when asked to clarify whether Sanchez needed more protection. "The conversation was basically going over the offense and if we needed more weapons. It's not in my jurisdiction to even get into that because I don't make the team. Rex [Ryan] makes the team and [general manager Mike] Tannenbaum...That's not for me to really get into."
As a refresher, here's what the Revis said Wednesday: "You've gotta do what's best for the team, and I don't know if we've been wise in that department."
Yesterday, Revis told reporters he feels good about the offense “as of right now.”
“We’ve got to stick with the guys we’ve got here,” he said. “These guys are capable of playing. We’ll see. If a change comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Everybody’s accountable to do their job on this team and that’s what they have to do.”