It can be easy to overlook Darrelle Revis.
For one thing, you barely hear his name during telecasts as opposing teams refuse to throw his way. Interceptions don’t come often. Revis Island can be a lonely place.
But for the New York Jets CB, last night was a classic match-up with Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall.
In the end, Revis prevailed, highlighted by a 100-yard interception return for touchdown which matched a Jets record held by Aaron Glenn (against the Dolphins on Sept. 15, 1996).
Make no mistake, the Dolphins went after Revis last night. After all, Marshall accumulated over 100 yards in the air, with 63 of them going against Revis; but it was evident the Jets 2007 first round pick won the battle.
“They came at me a lot today,” Revis said. “I like to compete; I want balls to be thrown at me so I can get opportunities to make plays. I felt that they were going to come at me anyway, didn’t matter who the quarterback was. Just going up against Brandon — he’s their No. 1 receiver. He’s the key player on their offense.”
The two are friends off the field which led to several conversations on the field.
“We had about 30 conversations, TV timeouts,” Revis said. “The one play where me and him got tangled up with the ball, we were talking then. He was like, ‘That’s a catch,’ and I said, ‘No, that’s not a catch; it hit the ground,’ and I said I had my hand on it. He was laughing then. It was good, it was good competition; it’s always good to play against Brandon.”
The play Revis was talking about came on a third-and-4 in the fourth quarter after Marshall made a 6-yard catch for a first down. The Jets challenged the catch, saying it hit the ground. The officials agreed and the call was overturned and ruled an incomplete pass.
Int he fourth quarter, Revis picked up his second interception of the night after Jets LB David Harris buried Dolphins QB Matt Moore into the MetLife Turf.