Tuesday, November 23, 2010
T.O. says Revis 'an average corner to me'
By Tim Graham
Ten months ago, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis called Terrell Owens a slouch.
Turns out, Owens doesn't think too highly of Revis either.
The Cincinnati Bengals receiver told reporters Tuesday he didn't think Revis was all that special. The Jets will host the Bengals on Thanksgiving.
"Just an average corner to me," Owens said. "Everybody has assessed his abilities as far as what he did last year, shutdown corner, this and that. He did very well last year. But I think I'm looking forward to the challenge just like he's looking forward to the challenge."
Owens certainly didn't perform last year against him. Owens had six catches for 44 yards and no touchdowns in two games with the Buffalo Bills versus Revis.
Then again, Owens' numbers were modest in most games for Buffalo. He has returned to his usual, dynamic self in Cincinnati. He has 62 receptions for 897 yards and eight touchdowns.
"No disrespect," Owens said. "He's only done one thing for one year. You talk about shutdown corners, you need to repeatedly do it, year in and year out. I think he did it one year, and everybody made a lot of hoopla about it. I think, you know, he started feeling himself. Then he wanted to come out and say that I'm a slouch."
In an interview with NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders last postseason, Revis called Owens and Randy Moss slouches. Owens acknowledged he hasn't forgotten.
"After the season, around the Super Bowl, so many media people pumping him up, with him shutting so many people down," Owens said, "he came out and said that I was a slouch, myself and Randy.
"You know, I heard it. It's in the back of my mind."