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Darrelle Revis still thinks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning are ‘both great’

08.13.13 at 3:22 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis (24) shares a light moment with Patriots defensive backs Adrian Wilson (right) and Marquice Cole (center) after Tuesday's practice. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Darrelle Revis (24) shares a light moment with Patriots defensive backs Adrian Wilson (right) and Marquice Cole (center) after Tuesday’s practice. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — When he was with the Jets, Darrelle Revis had some of that swagger that came with playing for Rex Ryan. But one thing is for sure, he always had respect for Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady.

That, apparently, hasn’t changed.

Speaking after Tuesday’s practice, one in which he was limited to 7-on-7 drills due to his recovery from left ACL surgery, Revis made it clear that he still respects the quarterback who once gave him fits in the AFC East.

Asked if he still thinks Brady is one of the best, Revis didn’t hesitate.

“Oh yeah, it’s between him and Peyton Manning, but it’s a good race between both of them,” Revis said. “They’re both great. I played against both of them. They’re awesome quarterbacks. They’re tough, they’re tough to game plan against as well.”

That makes one think what he thinks of Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Carolina’s Cam Newton, all of whom he’ll face twice a season in the NFC South.

Tuesday was a big day for Revis, who was back in pads for the practice but is being guarded carefully by head coach Greg Schiano, who indicated that there’s a possibility that Revis won’t play in any of Tampa Bay’s four preseason games but still be ready for the season opener Sept. 8 against his former team at MetLife Stadium.

Revis said he received words of encouragement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was on hand for the joint practice.

“The New York Jets-Patriots, that’s a crazy rivalry, it really is. It’s almost like a hatred but now I’m a Buccaneer and this is something new for me, being in camp with another team. I’m just taking it in in stride. It was funny because Mr. Kraft came up to me and said some encouraging words and some good words. So, it just shows you how much respect you have with another team when you’re not on that side of the ball.”

The Bucs and Revis open the season Sept. 8 on the road against his former team at MetLife Stadium before visiting the Patriots in Week 3.

“It’s fine, it’s fine,” Revis said. “The schedule is what the schedule is going to be and we know we have them Week 3. It’s something new for me. I’m just trying to take it in stride. It’s kind of weird watching 1-on-1s and seeing Tom throw at our DBs. I wish I could be out here to practice because that would give me some tips if I could be out here in 1-on-1s and go against Tom because it’s good competition at the end of the day.”

Speaking of Brady, it was the Patriots quarterback who had to come back from left ACL surgery when Bernard Pollard hit him in the 2008 season opener against Kansas City. Brady came back and led the Patriots to the playoffs in 2009. That’s inspiration enough for Revis.

“Yeah, I think I’ll be fine,” said Revis, who injured his knee Sept. 23, 2012 against the Dolphins. “At the end of the day, you have to go through the ACL process and waiting, and let’s do this and do these drills, let’s do these exercises, let’s be patient, let’s not get on the field yet, let’s get on the field so, I’ll be fine. Trust me, I’ll be fine. I’m working. I’m back to my old self. I’m getting there. It’s just the confidence and getting that knee drive and breaking on balls.”

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