FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis called Tom Brady the best ever. Ryan Fitzpatrick said his stamina was “amazing.” And neither seemed all that convinced by the Patriots injury report, which stated that Brady sat out practice Wednesday with an injured knee.
“He doesn’t miss too many games,” Fitzpatrick said with a thin smile.
It took only a few hours for new media reports to say that the Patriots had every expectation that Brady would suit up on Sunday. The Jets — at 3-7 and in last place in the AFC East — will get no reprieve. And Brady, 39, will likely get another chance to prove his indestructibleness. Before serving his Deflategate suspension, he played in 126 straight games, and before tearing his ACL in 2008, his streak stood at 128. At this point, injury reports just look like a tease.
“He’s continuing his legacy,” said Revis. “I think that’s just giving him credit for him being so competitive, how hard he works on a day to day basis — how much dedication and time he puts into his craft and him wanting to be at the top of the food chain. Every year he’s proven himself — every year. His legacy speaks for itself. He’s probably the best quarterback to step on the field ever.”
After missing the first four games, Brady has 16 touchdowns and one interception, for a league-leading QB rating of 85.9. “A lot of people say he came back [from his suspension] with a chip on his shoulder,” Revis said, not disagreeing with the notion.
There was a lot of talk on Wednesday about Brady’s legacy. Revis said that when he was on the Patriots, Brady would not hesitate to call him out, make him work harder. It didn’t matter that, back then — in 2014 — Revis was still considered among the best corners in the game.
“He comes in, he challenges guys,” said Revis when asked about what makes Brady so great. Brady would say, “I’m coming for you today 2-4. So he challenges guys like a leader should and it definitely speaks for how successful he’s been in this league.”
His praise didn’t stop there: “It’s good to be around and play with a Hall of Famer — he’s definitely a first ballot Hall of Famer. Guys can feed off each other’s energy. They’re great players and they just compete.”
Revis said he has “a lot of insight on Tom” — but Brady has just as much on him. And even without Rob Gronkowski — who was limited at practice with a perforated lung and will likely not play — Sunday will be a grind for the Jets.
Pulling out a win, Revis said, could feed the Jets “for the rest of the season.” They managed to do it last year, when Fitzpatrick had one of the best games of his career — outplaying Brady and beating the Pats in overtime, 26-20.
A loss Sunday? Well, it would officially put the Jets out of contention for tops in the AFC East and just add to their misery in a lost season.