Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Is Darrelle Revis back? We'll find out
By Tim Graham
The Darrelle Revis Recovery Tour will resume Sunday against Houston Texans stud Andre Johnson.
Revis ended last season as maybe the brightest in the NFL's defensive galaxy. The New York Jets shutdown cornerback dominated elite receivers. He was considered the best player on a team that reached the AFC championship game and carried Super Bowl aspirations into 2010.
But the season didn't start well for Revis. First a contract standoff and then an injured hamstring knocked him down several pegs. He didn't always guard the other team's best receivers. Antonio Cromartie took on added responsibility to compensate.
Revis looks like he's returning to last year's form. He was masterful against Detroit Lions behemoth Calvin Johnson two weeks ago, keeping him to one catch for 13 yards.
Revis will face another challenge with Andre Johnson at the Meadowlands.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Revis either will be heads up on Andre Johnson or on the same side of the field, depending on the coverage scheme.
"They have one of the best receivers -- if not the best -- in the game," Ryan said of Andre Johnson. "How do you just sit back and say, 'Hey, we have one-on-one coverage over there [and not throw to him]?’
"Everything you're programmed to do says to throw it over there. Well, we've got the best corner. It ought to be a great match-up over there."
Last year, Revis allowed 2.9 receptions and 26.4 yards a game to a schedule that included Randy Moss twice, Terrell Owens twice, Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Chad Ochocinco, Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker.
Andre Johnson had four catches for 35 yards when they played on opening day last year.
"When you go out and play against anybody, you always want to get the best of them," Andre Johnson said. "Last year, when we played against each other, they executed the game plan, and they were very successful doing it. That's pretty much it. They took it to us.
"You definitely look forward to the challenge when you go against a player of Darrelle’s caliber. ... He's very technique-sound as a defensive back. He's very patient. He can mix it up with you. He can be physical at times. At times he doesn't have to be physical. He has the all-around game. He's great at what he does."