FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall have a history together, but it sounds like that’s all in the past.
Revis and Marshall went after each other on several occasions when Revis was with the Jets and Marshall was with the Dolphins, a series of clashes that culminated with Marshall saying Revis received the benefit of the call because he’s a star player.
“My technique could have been better, but at the same time, I think they gave him ‘The Jordan Rule,’’ said Marshall after Revis picked off a pass for Marshall and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in a 2011 game between New York and Miami. “You get a little close to Michael Jordan, they going to call a foul. It works that way in football. Some guys, they’re scared to throw the flag. . . . He may be getting that rule.”
On Wednesday, Revis seemed to indicate that whatever beef the two have had has since been extinguished.
“Great receiver, man. This week, we have our hands full in two big receivers in him and [Alshon] Jeffery. We’re looking forward to it — I’m sure he is too, ” Revis said when he was asked about Marshall. “I know Brandon personally. It’s football, man. We compete … that’s what we do for a living. We had our battles in the past. It’s great, man. This week is going to be great.
“He’s smart and he’s big. probably about 6-foot-4 or something. Very physical at the line. A possession type receiver who can go deep as well and run after catches — he’s taken hitches 60, 70, 80 yards. Like I said, we know what type of players they are. We respect them a lot. We know how explosive they are in the passing game, and we have to be able to stop that.”
Revis said that the directive of the secondary doesn’t necessarily change because defensive end Chandler Jones will be gone for roughly a month because of injury.
“No,” he said. “We know Chandler is our best pass rusher. Like I said, the next guy has to step up. We all have to step our play up, all across the board. We have to play tighter coverage.”
“That’s what we need to do as a whole. We have to continue to play consistent ball and do what we do best — that’s just create turnovers and get the ball back to our offense,” he added.
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