Darrelle Revis might have been able to shut down Chad Ochocinco, but he could not shut down his network. Instead, the Jets cornerback has joined the “Ochocinco News Network” as a reporter. He’s not covering receivers this weekend, he’ll be covering the draft as a reporter.
“Me and Chad are real good friends off the field,” Revis said at an NFL Play 60 event in Central Park in which he spent time both in front of and behind the camera and microphone. “It’s something I’m trying to get into, reporting. I’m still learning. It’s tough but I like challenges.”
Of course he was asked about the newest Jet, Jason Taylor.
“It just shows you it’s a business, the NFL, and guys move around a little bit,” he said. “Getting Taylor is a good thing for us. We believe he still can rush the passer. He can do a lot of things. He’s very versatile. That’s one of the reasons we picked him up, so he can pressure the quarterback and on the back end we can get a couple of picks and take them back.”
Will Jets fans welcome him after a decade-plus of hostility that flowed in both directions?
“Our fans are very tough, I don’t know how they’re going to accept him,” Revis said. “But we accept him and that’s the biggest thing.”
Revis also said that a few significant plays by Taylor would begin to endear him to the fans.
“Once they see that in him, they’ll probably accept him and say ‘Jason, whatever happened in the past, we’ll let it go.’ That’s a good thing for him.”
There were comments from Taylor’s agent in which he said that Taylor wanted to remain a Dolphin. Revis said he understood that.
“You cant fault him saying that because he’s been there for a while,” Revis said. “He’s used to that. LT is used to being a Charger. When you’ve been with an organization that long you have a lot of ties with them and breaking away is kind of tough. This is something new for him and it’s something good for us.”
Any chance that Taylor’s heart won’t be in it for the Jets if, in fact, he wanted to remain with Miami?
“We’ll make sure he becomes a Jet and he puts his 100 percent into it,” Revis said.
Revis also said that the team has a few jokes lined up and aimed squarely at two of the newest Jets: Jason Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson. Taylor appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” and Tomlinson was featured in the silly “Electric Glide” video.
“We’re going to do some things, but we’re going to save it for ‘Hard Knocks’ in training camp,” Revis said. “We’re going to do some funny stuff there.”
Since he’s now a “reporter” for the OCNN, Revis was asked what one question he would ask Taylor in an interview. He thought long and hard about it.
“I guess I’d ask him ‘Why’ because he’s bombed us so much in the past,” Revis said.