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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Talib's CB rankings: Revis No. 1

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the cornerback comparison of Aqib Talib versus Darrelle Revis, one of the players himself said it's a no-brainer.

"Revis is in his own category, man," the New England Patriots' Talib said Wednesday ahead of a visit from Revis' Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "He's the truth. All the corners in the league, we know it. Some guys might say something, [Seattle's] Richard Sherman might say something, but the only reason he's saying something is because we know what Revis is. He's at his own level."

Asked what level he might rate himself, Talib said, "I'll leave that for everyone else. But I'll tell you who the best is, and that's Revis."

A few other soundbites from Talib:

How being together for a full season has helped the Patriots' secondary: "We spend a lot of time outside of work at each others' houses. We have that comfort level with each other. Our communication is a lot better, and the whole offseason gives you a better understanding of the whole playbook. It helps."

Playing his former team: "It's a Week 3 game. Every game is a big game. You only get 16 of them, until you get to the tournament. It's our next opponent. I'll prepare just like I'd prepare any other week."

Facing off against Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson: "They move him everywhere, so you don't know their plan for him. We're going to try to get a plan to stop him. He's their go-to guy, but they also have Mike Williams and Kevin Ogletree. We have to figure out a way to stop them and also the run game."