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Chris Owusu carving name for himself at Jets camp

"He's smart, he's steady, he's more deceptive (than you think), he's quicker than you think, he's always in the right place and he's young," Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Chris Owusu. Adam Hunger/AP

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- At New York Jets practice Tuesday, during 11-on-11 drills, Darrelle Revis spent the bulk of his time covering one wide receiver.

No, it wasn't Brandon Marshall. And it wasn't Eric Decker, either.

Revis was marking Chris Owusu, who's been a pleasant surprise early in training camp.

"He’s smart, he’s steady, he’s more deceptive (than you think), he’s quicker than you think, he’s always in the right place and he’s young," Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Owusu on Saturday. "He just needs a chance to play."

Owusu, 25, got a chance to play with the first string Tuesday, along with Marshall and Decker. Jeremy Kerley worked with the second unit.

And Owusu continued to make plays -- beating cornerback Buster Skrine for a long gain early on, and a third-down catch over the middle late in the day.

He wasn't perfect -- there were a couple completions he couldn't quite make. But then again, he had arguably the best cornerback in the NFL draped over him much of the time.

"It’s a privilege to go out with the [first unit], to compete with the best out there," Owusu said. "I’m not taking it for granted."

The Jets signed Owusu last September, after he was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After going undrafted in 2012 out of Stanford, and brief stints with the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers, Owusu signed with Bucs but played in just 17 games in three years, with 16 catches for 158 yards.

He started off on the Jets' practice squad but ended up playing in five games last season, including the final four. And in the season finale in Miami, he made a splash with a 36-yard reception, a 23-yard touchdown run and an 87-yard kickoff return.

He also made waves with a video he posted to his Instagram account this spring, showing off some serious hops during his offseason training.

"We were just doing some explosive movements, they put some boxes up and wanted me to jump, and I Jumped," Owusu said. "I just wanted to go out there and post a little bit of what my training was like, and it kind of blew up."

Now Owusu is kind of blowing up here in Florham Park. And with the injury to second-round pick Devin Smith -- Smith is expected to miss most of training camp with broken ribs and a partially punctured lung -- there is a big opportunity for someone like Owusu to take advantage of.

"It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL," Owusu said. "To be here is such an honor, such a privilege. And to be with this team is such an honor and a privilege. I just wanna make the most of it."

He may not be the most talented receiver on the roster, but he's probably the smartest. Owusu majored in human biology at Stanford.

(Also, one of his younger brothers played defensive back at Harvard, another currently plays wide receiver at Stanford, and his sister played basketball at Columbia.)

And he's smart enough to learn from going up against a guy like Revis.

"You have to bring your 'A' game every time," Owusu said. "It brings a focus to you, and to the receiving corps and to the quarterbacks, knowing there’s someone out there like that."

The matchup will resume Wednesday.