Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Updated: December 22, 3:01 PM ET
Giants not scared of Darrelle Revis
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When it comes to New York Jets star Darrelle Revis, there is typically a fear factor involved when facing Revis Island.
But the New York Giants wide receivers are looking forward to challenging Revis, and they certainly don't fear Revis Island.
When asked if Revis is the best cornerback in the league, Hakeem Nicks paused before saying, "He's a decent corner. He's decent."
"It ain't nothing really to talk about," Nicks said. "He's a great player. I feel like I'm good. We'll see how they play it."
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said teams are not afraid to throw at Revis, considered to be the league's premier shutdown corner.
"Yeah, teams aren't really scared any more, he's got to earn his money this year and teams aren't really backing down," Cruz said when asked if teams are throwing more at Revis. "I feel like we are going to do the same thing. We are going to go out until he physically stops us. We are going to spread the ball around."
Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham said he's not going to put Revis and Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie "on a pedestal" when asked how exciting it is to face one of the league's best pair of corners.
"It is exciting," said Manningham, who insists he will play despite missing practice with a knee injury on Wednesday. "Every Sunday is exciting. I am not about to put them on a pedestal. They are still cornerbacks like we have faced all year."
"Quarterbacks are too scared to throw [Revis'] way, I feel like," Manningham added. "You can't just go off of what you heard or what word on the street [is about Revis' reputation]. Yeah, he is a good corner. But if you don't challenge him, he is going to continue to be that."
Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine welcomed the idea of the Giants challenging his star cornerback.
"It's just Jets-Giants week," Pettine said. "If that's where they want to go with the football, then I welcome that. Some of our things are geared where we're going to put [Revis] in a difficult spot, but again, he's the best corner in football. They're certainly entitled to their opinion."
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes took his own shot at the Giants embattled secondary.
"They've given up big plays," Holmes said. "They're poor-tackling guys. There are plays to be made over their head. We have to be willing to take advantage of that, and make it count."
The Giants are 29th in pass defense, having allowed 58 plays of at least 20 yards. They've experienced an inordinate number of mental mistakes, leaving uncovered receivers. It's no wonder they've allowed three 300-yard passing games out of their last four.
Their most consistent defensive back has been Corey Webster, but Holmes didn't sound too impressed.
"I can't wait to see him on Saturday," Holmes said. "I hope he's ready to bring his A game."
Revis could see plenty of Nicks, the Giants' best wide receiver, on Saturday. Nicks is coming off a game in which he dropped a sure-handed touchdown pass after he lost it in the sun early in the first quarter during the Giants' 23-10 loss to the Redskins last Sunday.
Nicks is looking to redeem himself, but he is not getting caught up in the hype of a potential one-on-one matchup with Revis.
Cruz, though, is looking forward to seeing those two go at it.
"Not only is [Revis] good athletically, but he watched a lot of film," Cruz said. "He knows the routes that we like to do on certain downs and distances and he picks up on tendencies. We have to be disciplined. We can't show any of our stuff and make sure we get to the right depths and using the right technique against them."
"It is going to be a good one," Cruz said of Revis against Nicks. "I think it is going to be a lot of back and forth, both guys making plays, both guys are very talented. Whoever makes that last play to win the game will be the victor."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini contributed to this report.