This trip to Patriots camp different for Revis


The last six years, Darrelle Revis wouldn’t have been able to walk into the Patriots’ stadium to such a warm reception.

But now that he’s with the Buccaneers instead of the Jets, it’s easier for them to express their respect for one of the top cornerbacks in the game.

For a guy who once called Patriots coach Bill Belichick “ignorant” and spoke of Tom Brady’s “disrespect,” he was all smiles Tuesday, and even got a visit from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“The New York Jets-Patriots, that’s a crazy rivalry, it really is,” Revis said, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “It’s almost like a hatred. But now I’m a Buccaneer, and this is something new for me, being in training camp with another team. So I’m just taking it in stride. . . .

“It was funny, because Mr. Kraft came up to me and said some encouraging words, some good words. So it just shows how much respect you have with another team, when you’re not on that side of the [rivalry].”

Revis did invididual drills, but stayed out of the team portion of the Buccaneers’ joint practice with the Patriots. While there’s still some question about his availability in the preseason, Revis insisted he’d be well enough for the regular season.

“Trust me, I’ll be fine,” he said. “I’m back to my old self. I’m getting there. It’s just the confidence and trying to get that knee drive and breaking on balls.”

If he’s breaking on balls against the Patriots in Week Three, he probably won’t draw as warm a response from his old foes from New England, however.

14 responses to “This trip to Patriots camp different for Revis

  1. Interesting to see how much more the Patriots like him while he remains an opponent. I know the Jets have a big trash talking reputation and that’s the opposite of the Pats, hence a cultural clash there. Hopefully him joining us down in Tampa helped that a lot, especially with the friendship between Schiano and Belicheck.

  2. AP has set WAY too high a bar on this knee-rehab thing…no matter what pro sport your playing, right DR?

  3. Richard Sherman has the best chance of being a two way player in the nfl.

    He’s played cb for 3 1/2 years only last year and was his first full season as an starters he was named to the all pac 10 receivers list, he played wr at stanford until his senior season. Drafted in the fifth Rd of the 2011 draft.

    He is built like a big wr, and understands routes and concepts. He’s obviously the most fit to play both sides.

    Jj swat might very well get hurt on offense. Many people don’t realize it’s an entirely different type of game and movements from players takes an entirely different skill set. He may be able to be a blocker, but they receive no glory so it would make it impossible to see if he’s doing well or not, besides only shannahan is stupid enough to risk the DPOY like Watt. Never happen in the Texans organization.

  4. Boston area fans recognize and respect the top players, … it just might come a little later. The standing ‘O’ for Mariano Rivera is evidence. When Peyton hangs them up, expect the biggest ovation from Gillette.

  5. I honestly didn’t even know what Revis’ voice sounded like when he played for Mangini. Once RR came into the picture, Revis started letting his inner Revis out with his some of his nasty comments. I respect him as a player and I did when he played there pre Rex also. I don’t hate Rex like a lot of other Pats fans do but he definitely shouldn’t encourage his players to speak their minds 24/7.

    Funny thing about all this is that Revis’ football role model played for the Pats and he even wears the # he does because of this guy: Ty Law.

  6. Yeah Revis, Kraft has some class doing that. You on the other hand have zero. Rivalry is great,but no reason to bash another coach. Even Rex stayed away from that. Btw, how long before you hold out on the Bucs.

  7. Gotta love the Revis is overrated/how long until he holds out,yadda yadda posts.. Lets clear this up once and for all.

    His peers in the league(other than Richard Sherman maybe) as well as coaches all concur he is the best corner in the league and his play backs up the perception.

    As far as holding out, he’d be a damn fool. He’s getting payed $1 million per game to show up, dress and play. Coming up on 28, he’ll never sniff a contract worth more than half of what he’s making now again.

    We clear now?

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