When Calvin Pace is in the defensive huddle these days, he sees plenty of unfamiliar faces. That's only natural, considering the Jets lost seven defensive starters from 2012. And when he looks across the line of scrimmage during practice, he sees something even stranger.

Yes, there is a No. 24 jersey, but it's being worn by first-year running back John Griffin.

"If I was him, I think I'd let that number sit down for a year," the Jets' veteran linebacker said. "It's big shoes to fill."

Of course, nobody is expecting an undrafted free agent from Massachusetts to be the next Darrelle Revis, especially when he plays a position on the other side of the ball. But the mere number is a stark reminder of what the Jets' previous No. 24 brought to the table before he was traded to Tampa Bay in April.

Revis wanted more money than the Jets were willing to pay.

"I was disappointed," Pace said when asked his opinion about the Jets dealing the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback. "I considered Revis a friend since the day I got here and I just watched him grow into what I feel is the best corner in the NFL. To not have that is disheartening."

But Pace went on to say Revis' departure is part of the "business" that is the NFL, adding, "You see him go and you wish him well. Hopefully, he doesn't have a good game against us in Week 1. I think it's a good situation for him. I'm sad to see him go, but I'm happy for him, too."

Pace was asked how he thinks the Jets did in the Revis trade. They received the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, which they used to select Missouri defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. They also got a conditional third-round pick in the 2014 draft.

"I'm not going to sit here and put pressure on Sheldon or anybody else," Pace said. "The jury is out on how our side of the deal worked out."

Pace knows all about the business of the NFL. He was released by the Jets in February to save money on the salary cap, and re-signed in April for a one-year deal.