The New York Jets have cleared shutdown corner Darrelle Revis for contact, and the Jets certainly felt the impact of losing their star player during their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Revis will be a full participant in practice today, and this is terrific news for our rivals, who will no doubt be elated Revis’s concussion will not cost him their AFC East battle in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins.
For Miami, this means things will get much more difficult for rookie Ryan Tannehill and his favorite target Brian Hartline. Both players have developed an excellent rapport, with Hartline being extremely productive in the early going this season. Tannehill will find it much more difficult without his top receiver to target heavily with Revis shutting him down. The Dolphins other solid wideout, Davone Bess, will be covered by Kyle Wilson who will slide back into the SCB role.
In other Jets injury news, Dustin Keller is expected to be limited in practice today with a hamstring injury after missing practice yesterday. Things are definitely looking better for Keller, and he should be able to play against the ‘Fins.
Bucs sign Underwood
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed former New England Patriot Tiquan Underwood, who was previously released during the team’s 53-man roster crackdown. The Bucs were able to sign him after releasing slot receiver Preston Parker, which basically means that the Bucs have swapped Parker for Underwood at the slot position. Underwood also brings added value on special teams.
It’s great to see that such a stand-up guy like Underwood has a big opportunity ahead of him under coach Greg Schiano, who coached him at Rutgers and used him in the slot as well. Underwood has enough talent, and hopefully he builds the flashes he showed in the preseason with the Bucs.
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