By Peter Schwartz
The Jets officially kicked off Training Camp 2010 with a pair of practices on Monday. However, the Darrelle Revis situation continues to take center stage.
To a man, the players continue to be pretty diplomatic about his absence because of a contract dispute.
“It was strange,” admitted linebacker David Harris after practicing without the Jets Pro Bowl corner. “My roommate is on an island but hopefully he’ll be back soon.”
“It’s a personal thing for him. That’s the business part of the game. I sent him a text (Sunday) saying that I stand behind you 100%.”
The Jets made three offers to Revis in recent days. They made a long term offer, suggested a short-term solution, and also offered a face-to-face discussion.
All three offers were rejected.
“I’m disappointed that he’s not here,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “Because he’s under contract right now. We were just giving him other options that were good for him and good for us.”
Johnson also shot down notions that the Jets are suffering from cash flow issues. He said if GM Mike Tannenbaum came to him with a deal that, in Mr. T’s eyes, would satisfy both sides, he would sign on the dotted line.
“We want to have a deal that’s good for (Revis) and good for us that we can live with,” said Johnson.
Johnson said the lines of communications remain open and that talks, albeit on the phone and not in person right now, would continue.
Some other notes from Day one…
*The Hard Knocks crew for HBO has been all over the place. They are everywhere! But a Jets representative had to ask a Hard Knocks camera crew to move back a little during the Woody Johnson press conference. They may have full access, but they do have to listen to directions!
*Laveranues Coles wore #85 for the morning practice because his customary #87 was already taken by David Clowney. Coles switched to #19 for the afternoon workout because he wasn’t comfortable with 85.
“As a wide receiver, you have to feel good about yourself before you do good things,” said Coles.
Maybe that’s why he dropped a ball in the morning workout!
*Backup quarterback Mark Brunell looks right at home with the Jets. The veteran signal caller accepted an invitation by Mark Sanchez to drive up with him to Cortland on Sunday and it turned out to be a pleasant three-hour conversation about football and life.
After Monday morning’s practice, I caught up with Brunell and here’s my interview with him…
*The first practice of training camp was not open to the public on Monday. That left every Jets fan that made the trip up to Cortland to kill some time and do something else until the afternoon practice.
However, we hear that superfan Ira Leiberfarb, otherwise known as “Ira from Staten Island”, was able to sneak a peek at practice. How he did it remains a mystery!
*The fans arrived in full force for the afternoon practice but one Jets fan was a little irked about a couple of things. He pointed out to me that there were only two portable bathrooms for all of the fans to use. It was also brought to my attention that for a fan to be given a training camp program, they had to fill out a questionnaire. My guess is that was to gather data to call people regarding PSL opportunities. The fan I spoke to chose to live without a program that provide the information that the Jets wanted.
*Is it possible that safety Eric Smith is one of the most underrated players on the Jets? He has certainly improved each year and in the morning practice on Monday, he leveled big Robert Turner in a special teams drill.
*Wide receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to arrive on Wednesday. He is a late arrival because of a family matter. That’s it for now everyone! More Jets news as it unfolds!