Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis will play his former team, New York Jets, for the first time on Sunday. Stephen Hill, Revis’ former teammate, wants to challenge him during Sunday’s game.
The Jets traded Revis to the Bucs during the offseason while he was rehabbing from a torn ACL injury. He will play in his first game on Sunday since he sustained the torn ACL in Week 2 of last season. The only Jets wide receiver who has publicly said he wants to challenge ‘Revis Island’ is Hill.
“I wouldn’t mind going after him. Why not?” Hill said, according to Newsday. “But (Rex Ryan is) the head man, so if that’s what he wants, we’re going to do what he wants. But I wouldn’t mind. I’m not going to back down from competition.”
Hill’s statement appears asinine because he did not show last season that he could succeed against Revis. In one game last season, Hill had a chance to make a catch that would have put the Jets in field goal range to beat the New England Patriots. However, Hill dropped the football and the Patriots went on to win the game.
Hill should be spending more time watching game footage of the Bucs’ defense from last season and Revis instead of telling the media that he wants to try to test ‘Revis Island’. Jets head coach Rex Ryan should teach Hill what to say and what not to say to the media to avoid looking incompetent.
Revis is arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the league when he is healthy. Even an 80 percent Revis is good enough to stop Hill.
If Revis can hold the best wide receiver in the league, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, to one catch for 13 yards, then Hill is unlikely to have an ample amount of success against him. Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith would be wise in his first start to avoid allowing Hill to test Revis Island.
If Smith allows Hill to test Revis, then the Jets have no chance of winning Sunday’s game.