Terrell Owens was thrilled to hear the news that Darrelle Revis will likely be matched up with him when the Jets host the Bengals at New Meadowlands Stadium Thanksgiving night.
“Good, good," the wide receiver said at his weekly press conference in Cincinnati this afternoon. "I’m looking forward to it.”
As in looking forward to showing people the Jets Pro Bowl cornerback isn't as good as advertised.
“Just an average corner to me," Owens said of Revis. "Everybody has assessed his abilities as far as what he did last year, shut down corner, this and that. He did very well last year. But I think I’m looking forward to the challenge just like he’s looking forward to the challenge. I am not going to back down from anyone. I know my skill set. Last year we played, I know why I didn’t perform to the best of my abilities.
"It’s going to be a great game on Thursday.”
Revis completely shut Owens down in the Jets' two meetings against the Bills last season, holding him to a modest 64 yards on six receptions. Owens said those outcomes motivated him -- as did Revis calling him a "slouch" in interview in the offseason.
"After the season around the Super Bowl," Owens said, "so many media were people pumping him up about him shutting so many people down. He came out and said that I was a slouch, myself and Randy [Moss]. I heard it. It’s in the back of my mind.
“As far as me being a slouch, that has never been anything to describe me as far as a player and the things I bring to the table. I read some of the comments and I have friends that are aware. I had a friend out in California who also read the comments about how he assessed my play last year when I was with the Buffalo Bills -- that I kind of gave up or shut it down as the game went along. When you are not really involved in the offense as much, you don’t tone it down. You are just not involved in the offense.”
Revis wasn't about to backtrack on his words and appears to be as eager as Owens for their Turkey Day, er, night matchup.
“Yeah, I called him a slouch last year," Revis said on his call with Cincinnati-area media today. "That’s how I felt at that point in time because of the two games that I did cover him. He didn’t have great games against me. It’s good that he’s looking forward to it. I wouldn’t expect anything less from him. He’s a great receiver and he’s a competitor, so I’m sure he’s licking his chops for this game and will try to come out and compete.”