Darrelle Revis not in ‘competition’ with Tom Brady in camp
|08.01.14 at 11:42 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis didn’t get a chance to continue his mastery of Tom Brady Friday night at the in-stadium training camp practice for fans. It was a night for Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo to get most of the reps while the starters focused primarily on individual drills and up-tempo walk-throughs.
Still, Revis smiled and laughed when asked about the significance so far of his outstanding play in camp against Brady, including a pick-six on Thursday.
“I’ll tell you what, it’s not because I’m his teammate ‘ I played against him a number of years when I was in New York ‘ he’s one of the best to ever play,” Revis said. “You can see it even in practice by going against him every day. He’s a hard worker and he brings the best out of you. It’s awesome, man.
“Going back and forth ‘ I’m not going to call it a competition. We’re teammates, we’re just trying to get each other better and we’re trying to work hard together. Sometimes he gets a play. It goes back and forth. The good thing about it is it’s great competition and the only thing we can do is look at it as getting each other better and just going out there and working hard.”
Revis won’t have to worry about picking off Brady next week as he and his defensive teammates will be going up against RGIII and the new-look Jay Gruden-led Redskins in Richmond, Va. starting early Monday morning.
“We’ve been doing that all camp, it’s nothing new,” Revis said of going against a different team. “We’re just going against another team, getting ready for them and getting prepared, just [going] out there and [doing] our jobs.”
Revis was also humbled to be called the “greatest cornerback on the plantet” by Rodney Harrison, who added that Revis is going to prove that this season with the Patriots.
“I don’t even have words for it man,” Revis said of the praise. “I respect those guys so much, growing up watching them. Watching Ty, and learning from Ty, seeing Rodney play as well. You forgot Troy Brown, he played in the nickel as well. It’s great man, I’m just trying to play the best ball I can and play at a high level. That’s why I love to play this game ‘ to play at a high level and compete.”
And lead. Harrison said that Revis won’t need to always be vocal because he leads with his work on and off the field.
“Lead by example,” Revis said of his style. “I think we’ve got a great group of veteran guys on this team. This is my first year on this team and I’m just trying to come in and make sure I’m getting accepted by everyone. One thing I’m trying to do is lead by example. I think that’s what every leader is doing on this team, just trying to lead by example and go out there and work hard and prepare and get ready for this upcoming season.”
Here is the rest of Revis from Friday night:
Q: How was it being out here on the new turf inside the stadium with the fans around you?
DR: It’s awesome man, it’s good for us to get our work in but it’s also to give the fans a show out here and come out here so they can see us practice. It’s awesome man, they are having fun with it and we are trying to have fun with it but also get work in.
Q: Is there extra pressure on you to see these guys here tonight and see all the success they’ve had?
DR: There’s always pressure for us as NFL players about going out and just playing every Sunday. Those guys are legends. They’re definitely legends. I respect all of those guys. I think one thing, as you look at it is, is you just try to enjoy this moment. Guys got honored today and you just enjoy their success and what they did and just go from there. You don’t really want to try to compare even the teams together. I mean, they had great teams when they played. The only thing we can control as a team right now is to finish up training camp strong and get ready and get prepared for the year.
Q: One thing Rodney Harrison and Ty Law both mentioned is that Bill Belichick won’t pigeonhole you. They both said you can do a lot of different things and Bill will allow you to do different things. Have you already started to see that here in training camp and go to him and say ‘I’d like to do this and this’ or ‘This fits my game’?
DR: You know, Coach Belichick is very open about football. It’s football talk. He’s very open about it. You can go to him about anything. You can ask him about anything. We’re just trying to get ready. We’re just trying to get ready and get prepared. Anything that’s best for the team, that’s the best position that’s going to put us in a position to win. That’s all we try to do: football talk. We talk all the time about what’s the best position for the team for us to win.