FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It’s looking like Revis Island may be closed to tourists on Sunday. But the Jets secondary doesn’t seem worried about covering Odell Beckham Jr. without Darrelle Revis’ help.
“We accept all challenges,” safety Calvin Pryor said. “It’s a team game. The game still has to be played, whether he’s going to play or not.”
Revis didn’t practice again on Wednesday and still is being held out of meetings after suffering a concussion Nov. 22 in Houston. Although Todd Bowles wasn’t ready to rule out his top defensive back for the Giants game, he wasn’t optimistic about Revis’ availability.
“If he doesn’t do anything in the next two days, he probably will be [out],” Bowles said of Revis, who is still in the concussion protocol and is cleared to do only “light physical activity.”
Bowles wasn’t even hopeful that his star player would be able to practice Thursday on a limited basis. “Not from what I’m hearing,” he said, “unless he gets better.”
The Jets, however, downplayed the effect Revis’ absence would have on their game plan. Told that some may doubt their ability to contain Beckham without Revis, Pryor said: “They’re wrong. We’ll have to see . . . The next man just has to step up.”
That’s easier said than done, though. Beckham has four straight games of 100-plus receiving yards. He also is the NFL’s fifth-most targeted receiver (122), just ahead of the Jets’ Brandon Marshall (118). Said nickel corner Buster Skrine: “You know the ball’s coming that way.”
Skrine likened Beckham to the Steelers’ Antonio Brown because of his yards-after-catch ability. But he noted Beckham is “kind of his own type of receiver . . . You’ve got a lot of guys that are athletes, a lot of guys that are fast, a lot of guys that are possession receivers. But he’s just a real football player.”
Bowles said Beckham challenges defenses with “everything” he does, adding: “He can catch himself open, which is rare.”
Even Marshall, a 10-year veteran, admitted Beckham is special. “It’s hard to impress me at the wide receiver position,” he said. “Usually, I need to see two or three years, but this guy has it. He’s good.”
It’s also possible the Jets could be without cornerback Marcus Williams (sprained left knee), who started in place of Revis last week. So who will cover Beckham on Sunday? “I’m not giving away our game plan,” Bowles said.
Regardless of who it is, one thing is certain, Pryor said: “We just can’t let him beat us by himself.”
The young safety understands what they’re up against.
“He’s just a hell of a playmaker,” Pryor said, smiling, when asked about Beckham’s best attribute. “Whenever the ball’s thrown to him, whether it’s one hand, two hands — no hands — he’s going to find a way to catch the ball.”