FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Revis Island is in enemy territory. And that realization takes some getting used to, Jets center Nick Mangold said.
"It's definitely weird. Never thought I'd see it," Mangold said of former teammate Darrelle Revis being a New England Patriot. "Now that it's here, it just adds to the fun and the excitement of this rivalry."
On Thursday night, the Jets will come face-to-face with their former shutdown cornerback in a rival uniform for only the second time.
Jets general manager John Idzik traded Revis to the Bucs in 2013, and he faced them in the opener last year. The Bucs released Revis in March instead of paying a $1.5-million roster bonus as part of the $16 million he was due in 2014, but when he became a free agent, the Jets weren't interested.
Revis, who tore an ACL during the Jets' 2012 season, appears to be adjusting to the Patriot Way just fine. In six games, quarterbacks targeting Revis are 15-for-27 passing for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception, according to the Boston Herald. On Sunday, he held Bills rookie Sammy Watkins to two catches (on three targets) for 27 yards.
Asked after the game about the Jets, Revis said: "I did my time there, my six years. It was a great six years. We had success, two AFC Championship Games. We did the best we could, and that was that. I had a great time."
For the first time this season, linebacker Jason Babin played more snaps than Quinton Coples, 36-34, in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Asked why, Rex Ryan said: "I think Babin is playing really well for us and, again, you share a position with a guy. That's a no-huddle offense. We knew we were going to play multiple guys. We had to keep them fresh and that's exactly what we did. It's not a slap at Quinton Coples, it's the fact that we have a good football player behind him." . . . The Jets sent a care package to Leah Still, 4, the daughter of Bengals lineman Devon Still, who has been battling pediatric cancer. She is recovering in a Philadelphia hospital after undergoing surgery to remove cancerous tumors from her body.