Revis, Jets’ secondary has improved in practice

A year after being their strength, the Jets’ secondary is their weakness.

As a group, they are surrendering the NFL’s worst marks in opposing yardage per pass attempt and in completion percentage from passers and have allowed five pass plays of over 40 yards, four of over 50, two over 70, and one play for over 80 yards.

Blown coverages have been pinpointed by coaches as the major concern and, despite their loss last week in Pittsburgh, they were happy that defensive backs largely stuck to their assignments.

“I don’t think we played up to our potential, because they still had a good game,” said cornerback Buster Skrine. “But one step at a time. We definitely want to pick this thing up in the back end. We haven’t lived up to our expectations, but we will figure it out.”

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Coaches have been notably more positive in their remarks concerning the team’s last week of practice, taking time to note how well their defensive backs have protected the deep field and forced more turnovers. As ever, Darrelle Revis, who has been running at full speed since his leg injury of recent weeks, led that showing.

But, should veteran Revis not play - he was listed as questionable after a pair of limited practices last week - Skrine will likely line up against Larry Fitzgerald in Monday’s game against Arizona. The 33 year old is clearly the Cardinals’ best option.

“Fitzgerald is very crafty,” Skrine said. “He knows how to get open. He knows he’s a bigger receiver, so if he gets you a little bit, he’s going to out-reach you for the ball. He’s got great hands. A lot of times, you see people draped all over him and he’ll catch it.”

Statistics bear him out: Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals with 361 yards and five touchdown receptions, and is coming off a nine touchdown campaign last season.

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