There was a time when NFL receivers worried about being stranded on “Revis Island.”
Those days appear to be long gone.
Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is very confident right now, and it is hard to blame him. Jackson was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after seven receptions for 132 yards against the New York Giants. He has 28 receptions for 525 yards and three touchdowns this season. He is currently on pace to top his career-high of 1,156 receiving yards in 2009.
Jackson will be matched up against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday, but the Eagles receiver does not think it is a fair competition.
“I don’t think he can run with me, I don’t think he's as fast as me,” Jackson told Philly.com. “It’ll be a challenge. He’s a great player. Nothing to take away from him.”
To be fair, Jackson does not think any cornerback can stop him one-on-one.
“That definitely goes for whoever,” Jackson told Philly.com. “Any guy trying to guard me one-on-one in man coverage definitely feels my speed, my ability to [be a] deep threat, go down field, do whatever it is I need to do.”
Revis is a four-time Pro Bowler who was traded to Tampa Bay prior to this season. He was once viewed as the NFL’s top cornerback, but Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson have anointed themselves as the best at that position.
It is highly unlikely that Revis needs any motivation, but he is on his own island in Tampa. The Bucs are winless, coach Greg Schiano ran his quarterback out of town, and Revis’ new team appears to be in disarray. Sherman and Peterson are grabbing headlines, while it is easy to forget about Revis because he is on a bad team.
Now Revis faces the task of dealing with Jackson on his island on Sunday.