NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis thinks it’s pretty darn funny that Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith deemed it unnecessary to study him on tape.
“I mean, I don’t think it’s necessary,” Smith said this week before being named New York’s starting quarterback for Week 1. “Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. You pretty much get the idea of what kind of player he is based on his reputation.”
Revis, widely regarded as the best in the galaxy at his position, was traded by the Jets this offseason. According to CBSSports.com, the All-Pro corner couldn’t help but laugh throughout his response when told of Smith’s quote.
“I don’t understand why (laughing) he didn’t study me?” Revis said. “(Laughing more.) Because I will be on the opposite side. But I don’t know what their gameplan or their preparation is. And personally I don’t know what Geno’s preparation is but I would hope if you’re playing against another opponent you should (laughing once more) study everybody on the opposing team.
“I’m studying him. (Still laughing.) Just to let him know, I’m studying him.”
The Jets announced Wednesday that Smith would get the starting nod with Mark Sanchez recovering from an injured shoulder.
“Everyone knows about Revis Island,” Smith said Wednesday. “I’m excited to go against a guy like that. That’s what this league is all about, facing guys who are of stellar performance. He’s one of those guys. I look forward to facing that defense. He’s one of the leaders of that defense. It’s going to be fun.”
Smith, New York’s second-round pick out of West Virginia, said he started watching tape of Tampa Bay — though apparently not including Revis — when he got word that he wouldn’t play in the final preseason game.
“I started the Philadelphia week, when I got word that I wouldn’t be playing, I started looking at Tampa Bay and it helped me out,” he said.
Meanwhile, Revis has been giving his new teammates “tips” on the Jets.
“I know these guys. I played against them every day in practice. So I’ve got a bunch of tips on those guys,” Revis said. “And the good thing about it, I’ve been sharing them in our secondary. … We will come into this game real comfortable. We really will, just from the experience I had there and knowing these guys.”
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