Jets' Revis plans to keep playing 'until wheels fall off'
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Darrelle Revis shuts out all the noise the way he typically shuts down receivers.
For perhaps the first time in his career, there are questions by some about the New York Jets cornerback: Has he lost a step? Is he still a top player? Can he still take other teams' playmakers completely out of games?
His biggest critics say he has slipped from his old ''Revis Island'' days. Well, whatever, as far as Revis is concerned.
''That's just people's opinions,'' he said Tuesday as the Jets began their three-day minicamp. ''Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. Just as (I am), as well. If that's how people feel, that's fine. It's not going to hinder what I do or bother what I do or change what I do.''
When asked how he feels and whether he agrees with those assessments, Revis answered simply: ''I'm fine.''
Coach Todd Bowles isn't sure where the criticisms of Revis, who had five interceptions last season, are coming from. From his spot on the sideline, Bowles saw no real signs of slippage.
''No, I didn't,'' he said. ''I saw the same guy.''
Revis is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection - missing out only in his rookie season of 2007 and again in 2012, when he missed all but two games because of a torn knee ligament. He'll be 31 on July 14, though, and that's an age when football players are usually considered to be entering the downside of their careers.
The end of being a top player, however, is nowhere in sight, in Revis' mind.
''I'm going to play, man, until the wheels fall off, hopefully,'' he said. ''We'll see.''
Revis had surgery 13 weeks ago to repair an injury - the team announced in March it was a torn ligament, but the cornerback said Tuesday it was a ruptured tendon - to his right wrist. It's healing well, Revis said, and he expects to be ready to fully participate at the start of training camp late next month despite having ''a ways to go'' before he's completely healed. He has been unable to practice so far this offseason because of the wrist, which was injured early last season.
Revis acknowledged that there was some pain, and it might have had some impact on his effectiveness at jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage, a strong aspect of his game.
Still, he refused to use it as an excuse as he ''persevered and fought through it and continued to play.'' Revis isn't sure exactly when the injury occurred, but it is believed to have been around Week 3.
''I still tried to continue to just try to play at a high level, for me,'' he said. ''I don't complain. I'm going to go out there and try to do my job the best I can.''
Bowles didn't think the injury was a big factor in Revis' overall performance.
''I saw him jam people late in the season and do things with it, so I don't think it hurt (his play) very much,'' Bowles said.
Revis did have some uncharacteristic struggles against a few younger, faster players last season, particularly Buffalo's Sammy Watkins and Houston's DeAndre Hopkins. But Pro Football Focus, a statistics-based analytical website, ranked him No. 1 last season in lowest completion rate allowed (46.5 percent) for passes into his coverage.
That means Revis Island is still very much a tough place to find yourself stranded if you're an NFL wide receiver. No matter what the doubters or critics might say.
''I know what type of player I am, so there's no need for me to put my energy and focus on those types of things,'' Revis said. ''I've been doing this for a while and I'm going to continue to keep on doing it until it's time for me to leave.''
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