FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, sitting out offseason practices as he recovers from March wrist surgery, said Tuesday he expects to be ready for training camp in late July.
"I've still got a ways to go, especially over the summer, but the timetable is training camp," he said at the start of the Jets' three-day mandatory minicamp.
Revis believes the injury occurred early last season, but he played through it without seeking medical attention, he said. An MRI in the offseason revealed a ruptured tendon.
The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has tried to maintain his conditioning during the offseason, but there's no substitute for practice. Coach Todd Bowles acknowledged he won't know if Revis is 100 percent until he's on the field, jamming wide receivers at the line of scrimmage -- his specialty.
"He's on track, he's doing all the right things, he's strengthening it and everything else, but until you really push up against somebody, you don't really know," Bowles said.
Revis will face more scrutiny than ever. He turns 31 next month, and he's coming off a season in which there were whispers that his performance slipped from an elite level.
Asked how many years he expects to be a premier cornerback, Revis replied, "I'm going to play until the wheels fall off, hopefully. We'll see."
Displaying a hint of defiance, Revis refused to comment directly on the criticism.
"If that's how people feel, that's fine," he said. "It's not going to hinder what I do or bother what I do or change who I am."
Revis is due to make a fully guaranteed $17 million this season, so the Jets obviously expect him to be a dominant player.
"I saw the same guy [as always]," Bowles said of Revis' performance in 2015.
Bowles said he doesn't think Revis was impacted by the wrist injury. Revis disagreed.
"It affected me," he said. "I played through it. I think those type of injuries, where you get bangs and nicks here and there, you just try to play through the season. That was something where it did bother me, but at the same time, I persevered and fought through it."