FLORHAM PARK: It hasn't been hard for Jets cornerback Buster Skrine to find someone to go to for advice during his NFL career.
When he was first drafted in 2011 by the Cleveland Browns, Skrine could just turn around in the meeting room and pick the brain of two-time Pro Bowler Joe Haden. For the last five months, or, at least since he signed with the Jets as a free agent, he's been able to play sponge to four-time first-team All-Pro Darrelle Revis.
Skrine has watched each in practice, studied what makes each great. And while he's spent a bit more time with Haden, he's got a pretty good knowledge of each player's game.
So, when asked to compare the two on Tuesday, he offered his take:
"I feel like, Revis is like the super technician," Skrine said in a 1-on-1 interview. "He's great, but his technique is something else. Joe, Joe's more super athletic, so he relies on that a little bit more."
During his eight-year NFL career, Revis has been selected to six Pro Bowls, in addition to his All-Pro honors, and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. He's intercepted 26 passes, forced six fumbles and even has two quarterback sacks. While the interception average per year is a bit lower than some, it would undoubtedly be among the league's highest if quarterbacks would, well, throw his way.
Nicknamed 'Revis Island' by former Jets coach Rex Ryan, Revis was thrown at a marginally-low 152 times from 2010-2011. Last year as a member of the New England Patriots, quarterbacks tested No. 24 just 85 times. To put that number in perceptive, Haden was thrown at 113 times. Skrine? 123.
While Haden may be tested more, he's also made his share of big plays. In his four-year career, the former first-round pick has intercepted 16 passes and defended 87 more. Aside from his two Pro Bowl honors, he was second-team All-Pro in 2013.
"They're both really great football players," Skrine said. "Sometimes, you have fast guys, and others that are slow. But with both of them, they're both football players. You gotta respect that about them."