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When Brandon Marshall addressed the Miami media today, the wide receiver was asked about Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. The newest Dolphin played a little coy when he was asked about the Bermuda Triangle of the backfield where wides get stranded, a place called Revis Island.
"I’m not sure where that is,” Marshall said at his press conference. “Revis is a friend of mine. Where is Revis Island? Hopefully I visit there soon."
The Jets will now face Marshall and the Dolphins twice this season. Jets linebacker Bart Scott described the matchup between Revis and Marshall as Magic-Bird, seeing two great players in their prime and one that would interest NFL fans, not just those in the AFC East.
“I think you’re talking about arguably one of the best receivers against the best corner and a guy that had 10 picks the year before,” Scott said.
Revis was much more lowkey about the matchup. He also described Marshall as a friend, and texted the wide receiver on Wednesday to congratulate him on the contract.
“It’s good for them,” Revis said of getting Marshall. “They get a big time receiver and I get to go up against him twice.”
Last time Revis had a public war of words with a receiver, it was Chad OchoCinco. If Revis had held him to his promise, OchoCinco would be Chad Johnson again after Revis shut him down.
“Ya’ll know me, I love competition,” Revis said. “I compete that’s what I do.”
Clearly, Revis lets his play do the talking and last season that was loud enough. The Jets defensive backs as a unit seemed pleased to see the AFC East get another high caliber skill player.
Revis and Antonio Cromartie might have the high-profile assignments, but Eric Smith said that receivers like Marshall will change the way the backfield is set up.
“A guy like that they kind of command safety help,” Smith said. “You put a corner on them, a lot of times you put a safety over the top (to) give them some kind of help but that’s something we’ll have to see, how they’re using them as the season goes on.”
The moves throughout the AFC East will make the division a bigger draw. When the schedule is released next Tuesday at 7 p.m., it will be interesting to see how many matchups the NFL puts in prime spots. But certainly a division game could command a national audience given names like Marshall and Santonio Holmes.
“You see teams out there making moves and all going for one thing and that’s the Super Bowl,” Jets safety Brodney Pool said.
Mike Tannenbaum said you could never have too many corners, and said the Jets might even look or one in the NFL Draft starting next Thursday. He said Jets coach Rex Ryan demands it.
“That’s just who Rex (Ryan) is, he can not have enough corners, it’s crazy,” Tannenbaum said. “So yeah, we’re going to add more corners. And they’re all going to play.”
Those corners know what’s expected of them. Dwight Lowery was drafted two years ago and likes all the offseason moves, but knows whose responsibility it becomes when the clock starts.
“All this stuff is great for offseason headlines but ultimately it comes down to us as players,” Lowery said.