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Ex-Patriot Darrelle Revis eager to face former team

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis during the

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis during the second half of the Washington Redskins on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Darrelle Revis isn't expecting a warm welcome in Foxborough. But he does expect a "W.''

Eight months after helping the Patriots win a Super Bowl, Revis is back in the jersey he's most comfortable in: Jets' green. And the shutdown corner plans to use his intimate knowledge of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady against his former team.

"I've got my notes,'' Revis said, smiling. "I have my notes.''

First place in the AFC East is on the line Sunday, when the Jets (4-1) will face New England (5-0) at Gillette Stadium. Had it not been for one offseason decision by the Patriots, the landscape of the division might look drastically different now.

After defeating the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the organization chose not to pick up Revis' $20-million option for 2015. He became a free agent, and on March 11 he returned to the Jets on a five-year, $70-million contract that includes $39 million guaranteed.

Revis said he was under no illusions about remaining in New England, adding that he knew his option would be a sticking point. "The number was too high,'' he said, laughing. "Yeah.''

But the result -- a return to the team that moved up to draft him 14th overall in 2007 -- is what he always wanted.

"This is where I feel most comfortable at, it's home to me,'' Revis said Wednesday. "And going back up there and playing in New England, it'll be fun.''

Thanks to the additions of Revis, rookie defensive lineman Leonard Williams and cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine, the Jets have the top-ranked defense in the NFL. And the unit knows that the Patriots, who are averaging a league-leading 36.6 points a game, will be its toughest challenge so far.

"It's just another game on the schedule that we have to get prepared for. That's how I look at it,'' Revis said, adding that he's sharing "as much information'' as he can with coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers on Brady and Belichick.

So will Brady test him or purposely stay away?

"Tom is a competitor,'' Revis said. "Being his teammate last year, even before that going against him, he's always going to look for the best matchup, and he trusts in his guys.''

Revis has put his one season in New England behind him, but he said he always will recall fondly the organization and the Super Bowl win.

"It's a memory that I will never forget. We had a great team,'' he said. "It's 2015 now and I'm here, so all of that is behind me at this point. But like I said, when I'm sitting down somewhere, when I'm done, that's a memory I can always cherish.''

But there's a very good chance Patriots fans won't be showing much love for Revis on Sunday.

"I don't think I will be welcomed back with open arms, I can tell you that,'' he joked. "But they're fans, they love the Patriots and I'm not in that color jersey, so we'll see how that goes.''

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