Bills Sign DL Jarron Gilbert

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills signed defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert on Saturday.

Gilbert has been on the New York Jets practice squad the past two seasons. He appeared in one game with the Jets in 2010, playing against Buffalo in the season finale.

Gilbert was Chicago’s third round pick out of San Jose State in 2009, and appeared in four games as a rookie with the Bears before being released before the 2010 season.

To make room for Gilbert, the Bills released linebacker Antonio Coleman.

Buffalo (5-8) hosts Miami (4-9) Sunday.

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With Sanchez, Jets Weigh Momentum Against Rest

Knowing the pain in his injured right shoulder, knowing the Jets have already clinched a playoff berth, knowing they need Pittsburgh to lose and Baltimore to win in order to improve their postseason standing, Sanchez said only, “I’m glad I’m not a head coach.”

Instead, the decision falls to the man who holds that title, , who reiterated Wednesday what he said Monday, that he had not made a decision regarding Sanchez, and that he might not until shortly before Sunday when Buffalo comes to town for the regular-season finale. Ryan labeled it unlikely that Sanchez would play the entire game, but he also did not dismiss the possibility that Sanchez would sit out.

Ryan said he told all of his players except safety James Ihedigbo to prepare as if they would play Sunday. “And as the week goes on,” Ryan continued, “we’re going to do what’s in the best interest of our team.”

Sanchez’s health, of course, remains the Jets’ primary concern. But Ryan also continued to point to his quarterback’s last two performances, both against stout defenses and Chicago, both on the road, both solid. Ryan also knows that three of Sanchez’s worst performances came after extended downtime: in the season opener against Baltimore, against Green Bay after the bye week and more than one week after the Jets played Thanksgiving night.

What Ryan called Sanchez’s “hot hand” on Wednesday, Sanchez described as rhythm and following the same routine. He compared it to a shooter in basketball who continues to fire away, who does not want a rest. He noted that extra repetitions, especially in real games, would not hurt.

“You don’t want to disrupt it,” he said. “You want to keep everything in stride.”

Sanchez also said his shoulder felt better, more healthy, than at this time last week.

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Jets’ Revis Says He Learned From Trying Season

But Revis and those close to him think the events of this season changed him, added maturity, perspective, growth.

From his prolonged training camp holdout to the worst hamstring injury he ever sustained to the regular-season finale Sunday against Buffalo where he could rest, Revis looks forward to 2011. Because 2010 was rough.

“This feels like a lifetime, all the stuff that happened in the last six months,” he said recently. “This year was the worst. Nothing’s going to top this.”

Last month, Revis finished the installation of a recording studio in his New Jersey home. He filmed a Google commercial with forward Amar’e Stoudemire in which Revis dunked on Stoudemire. He has endorsement deals with Google, Nike, Motorola and Range Rover. His face graced billboards in San Francisco and Times Square. He owns a T-shirt company.

This is all part of a detailed plan developed by his inner circle when Revis starred at the and implemented when he turned professional a year early. But lately, Revis has taken a greater interest in his business affairs, part of his personal renovation, the growth spurred by two unlikely events: the holdout and the hamstring.

“Truly, it has changed him, the way he acts, the way he looks at life,” said Diana Gilbert, Revis’s mother. “I see a whole different person this year.”

The low point? Pretty much all of August. Revis described that month as a whirlwind. His body sensed it needed to be somewhere, at training camp, on practice fields. Instead, he worked out and watched movies and played catch with a football in his pool.

Revis never once spoke publicly during his holdout, even when negotiations turned acrimonious. An uncle, the longtime defensive end Sean Gilbert, said last week that “the situation got a little bit out of hand.” Revis heard all of it, the Me-vis nickname, those who labeled him greedy, selfish. At one point, his mother looked into his eyes and thought: “Oh, no. He can’t take it.”

Revis reached a resolution shortly before the season started on a four-year deal worth $46 million, $32 million guaranteed. He arrived to a hero’s welcome, captured by ’s cameras as he walked slowly onto the practice field.

Two weeks into the season, he pulled his hamstring against New England. He struggled with the same injury throughout college, but never to this degree. He missed two games, but in hindsight said that he should have sat out more.

Looking back, Revis said he would not change anything. He said he represented his family well. He learned not to read news reports or watch television. He learned that the public would recognize him even wearing an Afro-style wig. He learned how quickly perceptions shifted. He learned patience.

From such struggle came change not even Revis had anticipated. Diana Gilbert said her son stopped going to nightclubs, asked more questions about his finances, tightened his inner circle. He spent more time with his two children, more time planning his future.

“Darrelle has matured,” Sean Gilbert said. “It’s like he’s smelling the air for the first time. I always told him, don’t live in a surreal world. Smell the air. Feel what’s going on. Know what’s happening to you and around you. Then do something about it.”

At present, Revis’s closest confidants include his mother, his uncle (Sean), his agents (Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod), his best friend (John Geiger) and another uncle (Mark). Each serves a specific role in what is essentially the Darrelle Revis Corporation.

Mark understands the stock market and works on the finances. Geiger handles the bulk of myriad requests. The agents have turned down more than 100 potential business deals, focusing on the quality of their partnerships.

Offers and proposals (some marriage, some business) arrive six times each month, or more often. Diana Gilbert said the family sometimes sat around and laughed at the contents. Asked for an example, she said one prospective company wanted Revis to invest $500,000, for which he would have owned nothing, not even 1 percent.

Sean Gilbert said the circle functioned in large part to dissolve perception, to balance what is real and what is not. But Revis gives more input lately.

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