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Darrelle Revis has dealt with quarterback controversies during his time with the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but now with Tom Brady on his side, the All-Pro cornerback can finally rest at ease.
“We’re talking about one of the greatest to probably ever play this game,” said Revis of the Patriots signal-caller. “Beforehand you know who you’re teaming up with, I mean you’re teaming up with Tom and you know what he brings to the table. In the past those things might have been distractions you know in New York even in Tampa, but it’s cool, it’s just less pressure. We know who’s going to lead us throughout the year no matter what the situation is team-wise, Tom is going to be our guy.”
Revis signed a one-year, $12 million deal to join the Jets’ arch nemesis this offseason, but now he’s relishing his time with the powerhouse of the AFC East. Revis returned to MetLife stadium on Thursday night to take on the New York Giants in their preseason finale, but No. 24 insists that the trip to his old stomping grounds is just business as usual.
“No. I played them last year when I was in Tampa,” said Revis of his matchup with the Jets this upcoming season. “It’s football. It doesn’t matter if the Monstars were on the schedule that’s just what it is. It doesn’t matter who’s on the schedule or who we play and what team was I on before all of that stuff is out the door.”
Space Jam references aside, Revis and the Patriots travel to Sun Life Stadium for a Week 1 matchup against Miami; the same place Revis suffered a season-ending ACL injury when he was with the Jets in 2012. Despite the bitter memories from that game, Revis hopes to leave with a good taste in his mouth this time around.
“You know what I thought about that the other day,” admitted Revis. “I think it will be fine. I think it’s just that I’ve got to redeem myself, that’s kind of how I’m looking at it. From tearing my ACL, it being such a big tragedy during that time, but I think I’ll be fine. “
While Revis is putting injuries and quarterback drama behind him, the shutdown corner was able to find some humor in New England’s current quarterback situation.
“There was a quarterback battle,” joked Revis. “There was. When I talked to Bill I asked him can I start in front of Tom.”
Clearly the star defensive back has taken a liking to his new surroundings, but he hasn’t lost that competitive edge and is aiming to make some noise in the season opener.
“I think you’ve got to make that statement the first week,” noted Revis. “That’s how good our defense can be by turning over the ball and making plays defensively."
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After going AWOL for 48 hours New York Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson was suspended indefinitely.
General Manager John Idzik told reporters on Monday that he had a sit-down with the veteran cornerback, but he did not disclose the deailts to the media surrounding Patterson's unexcused absence from practice.
Signed this offseason to fill the void left when Antonio Cromartie left for the Arizona Cardinals during free agency, Patterson failed to stay healthy throughout training camp and reports indicated that he may have been contemplating retirement. Despite attending the team's walkthrough and pregame meal on Friday, Patterson failed to show for the preseason contest against the New York Giants. Team officials were finally able to reach the eight year veteran after countless phone calls failed to reach him on Friday and Saturday.
To make matters worse, cornerback Dee Milliner is still sidelined by a high ankle sprain and Antonio Allen left Friday night's game with an apparent concussion leaving just Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster and LeQuan Lewis as the only viable and healthy options left at cornerback. With less than two weeks before the regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Jets are in dire need of help in their secondary if they aim to make any noise this season.
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As the pre-season is winding down for the New York Jets the annual match-up against their co-tenants of MetLife Stadium the New York Giants was a very interesting to see how the first team was going to improve and do well. But of course the number one concern even though it shouldn’t have been was to see if Rex Ryan was going to nominate a No. 1 quarterback.
To be honest we all knew it was going to be Geno Smith to start this game and we all knew he is the No. 1 for Rex Ryan, but because the media tries to blown things out of proportion. But Smith got the full first half and to be honest he looked better and a strong grasp of the offense.
But of course the bigger question is this, what’s the head coach's opinion on how Smith played?
“He played a little better than the last time he was here against the same opponent,” said Ryan. “His command and presence, the way he can use his legs to get positive yards, and he can throw the football. I was really, really pleased with how Geno played Tonight.”
Seeing Smith attacking the NY Giants with full confidence was a fantastic thing to see as he was mobile, throwing the ball to Jace Amaro, Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and anyone else he thought could make a positive contribution to the team. Let’s also not forget the throw on the Giants 1-yard line to Amaro who got his first NFL pre-season Touchdown in the back of the end zone.
“That was great," admitted Ryan of the TD. "But I’m not surprised with it. That’s how he’s been playing. He had one pick this preseason that was more of a timing issue. I was really happy with him. I think he’s taken off from where he left off. I expect great things in the future from him.”
If this is what Smith can really do in the NFL and for the Jets, then it looks like John Idzik did draft a solid quarterback for the future and during the offseason Smith decided to bulk up and learn the playbook which is a great thing to hear when you have someone like him that wants to learn.
So as we have one more pre-season game that travels south to Philadelphia and facing the Eagles we can be assured that Smith is the starter for the season and talk about a welcome back for Michael Vick who will be returning home.
A team source with knowledge of the situation has indicated that former New Jersey Devil Scott Gomez has been working out at the Devils' training facility and could sign with the team. Gomez, 34, spent seven seasons with New Jersey and captured two Stanley Cups with the franchise over that span. The talented center bounced around four teams since leaving the Garden State in 2007 including tours with the Rangers, Canadiens, Sharks and Panthers. Gomez enjoyed the best seasons of his career with the Devils tallying at least 70 points five times, while only reaching that mark once over the past seven years. Clearly Gomez could become a Devil Fans Favorite yet again.