FOXBORO (CBS) — It’s been a wild journey for Darrelle Revis, who’s gone from being the best cornerback in the world on a team making back-to-back AFC Championship Games, to missing nearly a full year due to a knee injury, to enduring a 4-12 season with the Buccaneers to now becoming a New England Patriot.
The Patriots’ newest cornerback spoke to reporters after Friday’s workout, and he said he’s got a lot to learn, but he’s ready to really get going.
“Last year, it was a tough year when I played in Tampa Bay. It was tough, coming off the ACL and everything,” Revis said. “So it was a long year for me personally, just trying to recover. Now, I’m ready to go and, like I said, I’m just trying to sit here and absorb everything and I’m just trying to enjoy my time and get ready for the season.”
Revis’ addition to the New England roster was welcome news for Tom Brady, who no longer has to worry about Revis on opposing defenses. Revis said that battle is now reserved for the practice field.
“It’s always a defense and offense competition going on, and I think both sides, what we’re really trying to do is get better at the end of the day. It’s good to have the same jersey on as Tom and everybody else on this team,” Revis said. “I love competition. I think that’s why we play this game, is to compete every Sunday and to go out there and execute your job and try to win games. I love competition and I never back down from any challenge.”
Though Revis comes to New England with high expectations from the outside, he said he’s deferring to veterans who have been on the team for years, rather than declare himself the new leader of the locker room.
“I’m just trying to take this time to get to know the guys and for them to know me as well,” Revis said. “I’m not coming in here trying to step on anybody’s toes. I’m just trying to come in here and learn as much as I can and improve and get this defensive scheme down and just keep on working.”
As for the potential of the revamped secondary — which includes Brandon Browner — Revis wasn’t much for making any grand proclamations.
“You can’t put a prediction on it right now. We’re in the beginning stages,” Revis said. “We just finished up our third practice and we still have a lot of work to do. The good thing about it is that we still have time to get better, and that’s what we’re just trying to focus on. … When the preseason comes and the season comes, I think we’ll be ready to go.”
And as for becoming tight-lipped like so many Patriots before him, Revis said he’s not going to change who is now that he works in Foxboro.
“I’m being my own guy. I’m gonna be me. That’s all I can say,” he said. “I think Coach Belichick lets guys be who they are. It’s fine. I’m going to be myself and go with the flow.”
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