Darrelle Revis will make his long-anticipated return from reconstructive knee surgery Sunday, and he'll do so in front of the fans who watched him grow up in the NFL during a remarkable six-year run with the Jets.
Of course, Revis will be wearing a different uniform when he and the Buccaneers face his old team in the season opener at MetLife Stadium. But the hope here is that Jets fans will welcome Revis with an ovation befitting his time here.
Revis developed into arguably the most dominant cover cornerback in the NFL during his run with the Jets. Yes, there were persistent contract problems along the way, some of which alienated fans, especially during his lengthy holdout before the 2011 season. But that was business, and Revis proved to be worthy of the big dollars the Jets invested in him.
Does that mean it was the wrong move to trade him? Absolutely not. The Jets knew they had only one year left on his contract, and with general manager John Idzik embarking on a much-needed roster reconstruction, combined with a salary-cap purge, there was no way the Jets could justify keeping Revis one more year on a bad team and then letting him go next season as an unrestricted free agent.
Better to get something for him now -- which they did, in the form of a first-round pick this year, which turned out to be Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and a likely third-rounder next year.
It was the right time to make the trade, and both teams got what they wanted.
Time to move on for both parties.
Time to welcome Revis back with one more round of applause for all his contributions. And for an injury recovery we hope goes well..
Peyton Manning outstanding, but not perfect
By almost any measure, Peyton Manning put on one of the greatest performances by a quarterback in NFL history, throwing a record-tying seven touchdowns in Denver's 49-27 win over Baltimore on Thursday night.
But according to at least one set of standards, it wasn't a perfect night for the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Manning went 27-for-42 for 462 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a quarterback rating of 141.1, less than a perfect rating of 158.3.
So where did he fall short? His completion percentage of 64.2 was less than the required 77.5 percentage for a perfect rating.
Manning hit the requirements for all other categories, including at least 12.5 yards per attempt, a touchdown on at least 11.875 percent of attempts and no interceptions.
Manning already owns the NFL record of five games with a 158.3 rating, although the fifth was a brief performance against the Titans in the final game of the 2008 season, when Manning was taken out early to rest up for the playoffs.
Wilson won't try to be like Bradshaw
Ahmad Bradshaw moved on after last season, leaving former first-round pick David Wilson to anchor the Giants' running game. But it's no lock that Wilson turns into the reliable every-down back that Bradshaw became during his tenure with the Giants.
No question Wilson has more explosiveness and more athletic ability than Bradshaw, who is now with the Colts after being released by the Giants. But it's doubtful that Wilson will come close to Bradshaw's toughness, which made him an indispensable part of the Giants' offense and made those around him better players.
Wilson said he'll do it his own way, even if it's different from his predecessor.
"Every person is their own person, so I'm going to go out there and if I have success on the field, that will automatically uplift them," Wilson said. "I would never go on the field saying, 'I've got to be like Ahmad,' but he definitely taught me a lot, how to study and about the offense. We're good friends, still are. But I don't ever try to step in anybody else's footsteps."
Is Suh growing up?
Given his history of being penalized on some gratuitous shots during his first two years in the league, Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh may be an unlikely candidate to deliver a message about staying away from cheap penalties. But that's exactly what Suh, the newly elected team captain, did in a players-only meeting on Tuesday.
Suh needs to be the one to set the example, though. He can't resort to getting called for more dirty hits, like the one on Thanksgiving Day in 2011 when he stepped on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's head.
It does seem like Suh is finally starting to grow up, though.
The NFL schedule makers wasted no time in letting the country get to see former Oregon coach Chip Kelly in action. The new Eagles coach opens the season on Monday Night Football in a game against the Redskins.
But Kelly doesn't seem overwhelmed by the magnitude of the game. Or by the fact that he's no longer working in a market as small as Eugene, Ore., home of the Ducks. In fact, Kelly thinks his experience at Oregon will serve him well in the NFL.
"We sold out every game in college and played in every big stadium in the country," Kelly said. "We played in front of 100,000 at Tennessee, 100,000 at Michigan and every game in our home stadium in Eugene had been sold out. And it was sold out before I got there. The University of Oregon, it's pretty big."