Darrelle Revis(notes) hasn't played a snap in an NFL game since getting beat by Randy Moss(notes) on a one-handed touchdown catch in a Week 2 game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots. But that hasn't stopped the league's premiere corner from starting the trash-talk ahead of the duo's rematch on Monday night in Moss' first game back with the Minnesota Vikings.
On Wednesday, Revis blasted Moss' effort in that Week 2 game. From the Associated Press:
"He came out full force, early in the game," Revis said. "In the second half, you could tell he was kind of like putting his foot on the brake. But everybody knows that's Randy: sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn't." [...]
"You can see the effort," Revis said. "Playing football, you can see the body language and the effort of people when they're out there playing, if a guy's going hard or if a guy's hesitant."
Everything Revis said there is true. Moss only had two catches in the game, both in the first half. By the second half, he was half-heartedly running routes on pass plays and barely even bothering to do so on runs. He dogged it, much like he did all season in New England.
But it's not like Revis has been Chuck Bednarik out there. He's played three halves of football this year after holding out most of the preseason. When he's on the field, there's no lack of effort. It just seems strange that he's taking shots at Moss for not playing hard when he himself isn't playing at all.
Revis may not even play on Monday night (and if he does, he may not be lined up on Moss). He's been practicing for the Jets this week, but coach Rex Ryan has yet to make a decision about whether the All-Pro corner will take to the field on Monday.