Victor Cruz's comments don't bother Darrelle Revis
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"I don't even know who this guy is," Revis, the Jets' All-Pro cornerback, said Thursday.
He's a Giants second-year wide receiver who's been talking smack, channeling his inner Jason Hill and calling Revis out. Cruz said Wednesday that he doesn't think Revis has struck fear into the opposition this year the way he has in the past.
"Teams aren't really scared anymore," Cruz said. "He's got to earn his money this year. Teams aren't really backing down. I feel like we're going to do the same thing."
Revis wasn't amused by Cruz's line of thinking, but he refused to engage in much verbal sparring Thursday.
"Whatever he said, it's in one ear and out the other," Revis said. "The only time I remember this guy is in the preseason game. Other than that, I don't know the guy very well."
But Revis does know one thing: Teams have no reason to be afraid of him.
"I'm not a monster," he said with a laugh. "So why would anybody be scared?"
Wideout Hill did so before the Jaguars were pasted, 32-3, in Week 2; Hill was inactive for that game and didn't have a chance to back up his thoughts. He has since been released.
Before the Jets' Nov. 6 win at Buffalo, wide receiver Stevie Johnson said the Bills weren't going to back down from testing Revis either. Johnson had some success that afternoon, catching a 52-yarder and finishing with three receptions for 84 yards. He's one of the few who have been able to get the better of Revis -- he also caught eight passes for 75 yards in the Jets' Week 11 win -- trash talk or no trash talk.
"It really doesn't matter what people say," Revis said. "It don't matter what I say. It doesn't matter what other receivers say. If it's on paper, it's on paper. You've got to go out there and play on Sundays and you've just got to prove it.''
Rex Ryan thinks it's almost comical that Cruz would barbecue Revis.
"I'd call out a lot more guys [before him]," Ryan said. "That list would be a lot longer before I would get to Revis. But you know what? That's good. As a competitor, you want to face the best, and you are certainly going to face the best when you face Darrelle Revis."
Antonio Cromartie, Revis' fellow starting cornerback, essentially welcomed Cruz's chatter.
"I like for people to get us riled up," he said. "I hope they keep talking. I hope they talk on Saturday, too, on the field."
Ryan noted that the Jets' defensive scheme almost forces teams to throw the ball Revis' way at times. That's one of the underlying reasons why it may appear to some that he's being picked on more than he was in previous seasons.
"Some of the things we do, it's easy to call out a guy because you know most of the game he has no help," Ryan said. "I mean, zero help. He almost has zero help a lot of times. So I don't know if it's ever been done. Has he given up a couple of completions? Yeah. We've talked before about how we're surprised when it's like, 'Oh, he gave up an 8-yard route. What is going on with Revis?' "
Cruz & Co. will find out Saturday exactly what's going on with Revis.
"The crazy thing is, a lot of people don't trash-talk on the field when it comes game time," Revis said. "It really doesn't matter. These guys can say whatever they want to say and you just laugh at it. You just laugh and say, 'OK, that's it. We'll see. We'll see come [game] time.' "