FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Jets defense, which was torched for 436 total yards last week against Miami, may have help on the way. After giving up the second most yards by a Rex Ryan defense since 2005, the Jets defense will likely be welcoming back their 2009 sack leader, Calvin Pace, this week against the Buffalo Bills.
Pace, who missed the first three games of the season after breaking his foot in the August 27th pre-season game against the Washington Redskins, had surgery and his return is on the shorter side of a four-to-six week diagnosis. As his progression continues it is likely the Jets will use him in a situational role, rather than throw him out there as the full-time starter.
Darrelle Revis’ return, however, does not seem as optimistic.
Ryan said that he was ‘hopeful’ that the Jets corner will play this week at Buffalo, but expect the team to err to the side of caution as no one wants this injury to drag on through the course of the season.
“You almost have to be 100 percent, or right at 100 percent, to play corner or you’re going to be having to face this the whole season,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, we can have him this week. If not, we have to find a way to get it done.”
Revis tweaked his hamstring the Thursday before the game against New England. He pulled his hamstring after Randy Moss’s highlight reel catch that Sunday. He has not been on the field since the Moss touchdown grab, being ruled out for the Miami game as early as last Wednesday.
Revis’ replacement, rookie Kyle Wilson, has struggled mightily in the starting role as his inexperience has been exposed in all three games. In a single touchdown drive for Miami, Wilson accounted for 64 yards – letting up two completions and a 27-yard pass interference penalty.
Thirteen year veteran Jason Taylor has stepped up in Pace’s role quite nicely, recording two sacks and a forced fumble in three games. Having Pace back, even on the situational basis will help the defensive pass rush, and in return the defensive secondary until Revis is 100%.
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