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Jets vs. Bills Star Spotlight: Steve Johnson

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Nov 6, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) catches a pass as New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) defends during the third quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Jets beat the Bills 27-11. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

The question has come up this week, about whether or not he owns some real estate on Revis Island.

Since becoming a prominent wide receiver, Stevie has played against Darrelle Revis twice, both in 2011 (Revis didn’t play in either Bills game in 2010). In the first matchup, Johnson caught 3 passes for 84 yards, and in the second matchup, he caught 8 passes for 75 yards and one TD. Clearly he has had more success than most against Darrelle.

Darrelle has stated he is not worried. Stevie will obviously be someone to watch on Sunday, and Darrelle will have his hands full. But Darrelle shouldn’t be too worried. First of all, despite his good play, the Bills have not won either of these football games. As we remember, part of the reason for the Bills losing the second game was a key dropped pass by Johnson.

A lot of people reference the touchdown scored by Stevie as evidence that he “owns” Revis. Take a look at it:

This touchdown was not so much on Johnson as it was on Revis. He left a little cushion for Johnson, and the Bills ran him on a quick slant. A slant pass is so quick, that it is nearly impossible to get a hand on, unless you are giving some serious press coverage. Any room at all, it is over. The touchdown was a well run pass route, and a cushion allowed by Darrelle.

As long as Darrelle plays good bump and run coverage on Stevie, the matchup should go quite well. It sure will be fun to watch, though.

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