A year ago, Darrelle Revis skipped training camp, mired in a bitter contract holdout that made national headlines for over a month. Fast forward to this summer. Not only did Revis report on time, doing his usual lockdown thing at cornerback, but he brought a member of his family with him -- his uncle Sean Gilbert, the former NFL defensive lineman.
Revis and Gilbert are very close, so close that Gilbert was in Revis' inner circle last year during the holdout. Gilbert is interested in pursuing a career in coaching, and he's working as a coaching intern with the Jets. Specifically, he's helping DL coach Mark Carrier.
"It's like being a pup all over again," said Gilbert, a first-round pick of the Rams in 1992.
Gilbert spent 10 years in the league, playing with the Rams, Redskins, Panthers and Raiders. He knows stuff. He has worked with high-school and college kids near his home in Charlotte, so he decided to see if the coaching life suits him. He asked Rex Ryan if he could come to camp, and the Jets' coach said OK.
Gilbert doesn't get much of a chance to speak with Revis because their day-to-day responsibilities keep them apart, but he enjoys the feeling of being so close.
"It's cool to see him at practice," Gilbert said. "Sometimes you have that moment when you flash back to when he was a baby. He's a grown man now, doing something he loves. I'm happy for him."
Said Revis: "It's great. He's a big part of my life, he's a big mentor to me."
JOE TWEAK: Backup RB Joe McKnight sprained his left ankle Monday and sat out of team drills Tuesday. McKnight is the top candidate to return kickoffs, and he's also being considered for the Wildcat package, along with rookie Jeremy Kerley and LaDainian Tomlinson.
OFF GUARD: Rob Turner is working with the first team at right guard, Brandon Moore's spot. Vlad Ducasse had been there, splitting time between right guard and right tackle, but he's now working exclusively at tackle, behind Wayne Hunter. Moore, on the PUP list because of his surgically repaired hip, is expected back soon, according to Ryan.
ODDS AND ENDS: Backup CB Marquice Cole still isn't in camp. He was excused because of a family matter ... The Jets are really counting on third-year OLB Jamaal Westerman to boost the pass rush. "He's a guy we expect big things from," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said ... WR Logan Payne, on the practice squad last year, has an excellent chance to make the team as the No. 5 receiver. He's big in Mike Westhoff's plans on special teams.