Darrelle Revis in top form against the Jets

Darrelle Revis did not have the welcome party he wanted when he returned to the Meadowlands. Although the Bucs lost, Revis was happy to be back on the field

It was not a pretty welcome back party for the All Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the New York Jets 18-17 during the final quarter.

"It was real tough," Revis said. "Down the stretch we had them the whole game. We really did. We made some great plays on offense and defense but down the stretch, to have a great drive including a penalty with that, put them in good field position and we couldn't bounce back from that and they kicked the field goal to win it."

The Bucs handed the Jets the game, it was an early present for Gang Green. Tampa Bay cannot afford to lose close games like Sundays disaster against the Jets, especially with a tough division that includes the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

This was a dagger to the heart for the Buccaneers, especially for Revis since he was playing his former team.

"It felt good getting back out there and doing what I love to do," Revis said. I was more excited to be out there with my teammates. They have been anxious. I have been anxious. So it was a great to be out there and compete at a high level."

The used Jets used their 14 overall pick on Revis in the 2007 draft and he quickly let his presence be known in New York. Around the league his position became known as "Revis Island" because No. 24 would always shut down the opposing teams best wide receiver.

Revis had a quiet return to MetLife during Sundays lose to his former team. This was Revis' first game action in 11 months since having left knee reconstruction. He showed glimpses of his old self and was able to stick around the Jets wide receivers, but only had one combined tackle.

Revis signed a $96 million contract with the Buccaneers after being traded by the Jets during the offseason. The Jets fans did not give him a warm welcome as they smothered the star cornerback with boo's that could be heard throughout East Rutherford.

That is not really my concern," Revis said about the fans booing him. "That is not my concern."

His concerns are much bigger now. His team has to regroup after a stupid penalty Lavonte David that allowed the Jets to get into field goal range. David shoved rookie quarterback Geno Smith who was already out of bounds after a scramble. Nick Folk proceeded in kicking a 48-yard field to give the Jets the victory.

"The play just happened so fast," Revis continued "I heard a bunch of Jet players and coaches screaming for the flag. Once we watch it tomorrow and see the ilm, we can gauge that maybe we need to pull off. I don't even know who hit Geno (Smith). It happened so fast. Those things we can get better at."

For Revis, he was happy to be back. The Jets are happy they were able to come away with a win during the opening week. The Jets look to continue their winning ways against their in division rivals the New England Patriots on Thursday night.


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