“I’m definitely happy that he’s cleared for contact,” Ryan said. “Without question, I’m happy about that, for his sake. He loves to play, but if he’s healthy, I think that’s the big thing. As a coach, having probably, if he’s not the premier defensive player in the league, he’s certainly up there, so having him as a player, obviously, you’re happy for that also.”
“I’m just one guy,” Revis said. “I’m just happy to be back.”
The challenge this week for the Jets will be defending do-it-all running back Reggie Bush, but having Revis in the lineup will help them try to shut down the Dolphins' receivers and force rookie Ryan Tannehill into making mistakes.
“Having a special player like Darrelle, we ask him to do a lot of different things,” Ryan said. “A lot of times, we put him one-on-one with a guy, on a team’s best receiver and roll coverage away from him. He’s just that kind of guy.”
Tight end Dustin Keller (right hamstring) and safety Eric Smith (hip/knee) were upgraded Thursday to limited after not practicing Wednesday.
Getting Keller back would also be a big help to the offense, which struggled last week without the tight end on the field. Keller injured his right hamstring in the Jets‘ second preseason game against Carolina, and then tweaked it again during practice last Wednesday.
“We’ll see how he goes through practice today, but it’s much better than yesterday when he was out,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, that is a sign that he’ll play this week.”
Fullback John Conner (right knee), linebacker Bryan Thomas (hamstring), defensive back Ellis Lankster (lower back) and safety LaRon Landry (heel) didn’t practice _ although Landry’s absence was expected. The team gives him one day off from practice each week to reduce wear and tear on his heel, which caused him to miss the end of last season with the Washington Redskins.
NOTES: Landry was called for a personal foul for a late hit last week and another for a horse-collar tackle, but Ryan enjoys the safety’s aggressive style. “I love the fact he has a reputation as a huge hitter because he’s clean,” the coach said. “There isn’t anybody saying he’s not a clean player. He’s a clean player. He’s a hitter.” Landry won’t slow down or change the way he plays, either. “When I’m in the game, I’m not thinking about a penalty I’m about to have or anything like that,” he said. “I’m just playing a play to win and do anything to help my team out.” … ST coordinator Mike Westhoff has said this will be his 30th and final year coaching in the NFL, and he hasn’t reconsidered at any point so far. “I don’t close doors, but I think I just made a decision that this would be enough and the time to maybe look at something else,” Westhoff said.