Dwight Lowery figures the New York Jets might be waiting a while for Darrelle Revis to show up.
So, the third-year cornerback approached secondary coach Dennis Thurman a few days ago and suggested that rookie Kyle Wilson get the bulk of the work with the first-team defense instead of him.
“I just think the more that he can get out there and be exposed to that kind of stuff, the better his progression is going to be,’’ Lowery said yesterday.
Reality is starting to set in for the Jets, who aren’t sure when — or if — their All-Pro cornerback will join them this season.
“You hope that one day you’re in a meeting and he walks in,’’ Lowery said, “but the more time that passes, the more it hits home a little bit and you realize there’s a possibility he won’t be here.’’
Revis has missed 10 days since the team reported for training camp. He’s scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, but wants to become the league’s highest-paid cornerback.
The Jets turned down the latest contract proposal from Revis’s agents after a sit-down meeting last Friday, and general manager Mike Tannenbaum said it was “hard to say’’ when the sides would talk again. Owner Woody Johnson said the gap between the sides is “insurmountable.’’ He added that the Jets “haven’t made that decision’’ on whether they would consider trading Revis, “but I doubt it.’’
Johnson also said he was “rebuffed’’ by Revis’s agents when he asked to be part of that meeting. Agent Neil Schwartz said: “That’s a blatant lie. Whoever gave him that information is incorrect. I wanted Mr. Johnson’s thoughts on the proposal, so why would I not want him there?’’ Schwartz added that he would meet with Johnson “any time, any place.’’
Wilson has been working with Antonio Cromartie in the starting secondary lately, while Lowery mixes in at safety, cornerback, and nickel back. Coach Rex Ryan said Wilson would start the exhibition opener against the Giants Monday night.
“Like I say, don’t feel sorry for us,’’ Ryan said. “We have everything we need here on defense. The addition of Cromartie was enormous for our football team, and the fact we drafted Kyle Wilson, who’s an outstanding player. That helps us a great deal.’’