Notebook: Revis, Woodson Collide

It's Revis Island and the Defensive MVP on Sunday when the Packers and Jets square off. Plus, Tramon Williams reflects on his performance against Randy Moss and much more from an eventful Wednesday at Lambeau Field.

Darrelle Revis has an island.

Charles Woodson has the hardware.

On Sunday at The New Meadowlands in New Jersey, Woodson will line up at cornerback for the Green Bay Packers and Revis will do the same for the New York Jets.

"Great cornerback, man," Revis told Packers beat reporters in a conference call on Wednesday. "I watched him when I was younger and always looked up to him. He's a beast of an athlete. He's a great football player. You've got to give a guy like that his credit. He makes a lot of plays on the field. I'll be excited to see him on Sunday, too. We both play the same position and it will be nice to see him in person."

Woodson was named the defensive player of the year last season after finishing in a tie for the NFL interceptions title with nine — including three returned for touchdowns — and a career-high four forced fumbles. Revis had six interceptions, and his 31 passes defensed were the most in the league since 1994.

Jets coach Rex Ryan pressed voters to select Revis for the award last year. While speaking in glowing terms about Woodson on Wednesday, he hardly backed off his stance that his man is the best cornerback in the NFL.

"I know he's a great player. My brother (Rob) coached Charles when he was at the Raiders and absolutely loved him and he's a great player," Ryan said. "I don't say he's not a great player, but the year that Darrelle Revis had has never been done in the history of the league and I think that was a once-in-a-lifetime year for any corner. We did have the No. 1 defense in football, we did only give up eight passing touchdowns last year. I think that was an incredible thing. That was such a tribute to him, and anybody that watched us play knows the type of thing that we did with him. We totally roll coverage away from him. We put him in a tough situation every single down and the kid just responded.

"Charles had an unbelievable year. You look at him statistically, it was a phenomenal year, absolutely was, but I know one thing: As much as I respect Charles Woodson, I just thought the year that Darrelle Revis had, I'd never seen anything like it. I'd only been around football all my life and I'd never see anybody have that kind of year."


Revis hasn't been invincible.
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In his conference call, Revis said he "always looked up to Woodson" when he was younger and is "excited" to see Woodson in action on Sunday.

One player who might not be excited to see Revis is Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Revis, who missed two games and was slowed in a couple others because of a strained hamstring, has allowed three touchdown passes in four games compared to two all of last season. Revis, who skipped training camp while holding out, said he's 100 percent for the first time all season.

"I think you've got to be aware of where he's at," Rodgers said. "I think it's going to be interesting to see how they play us. See if they put Darrelle on Greg (Jennings) or Antonio (Cromartie) on Greg and Darrelle on someone else. When you have two corners like that, and their backups are very talented as well, it's going to be interesting to see how they play us. At some point, you're probably going ot have to throw over at Darrelle and hope he doesn't make a play."

Williams' statement game

Among wide receivers, there might not be a more feared player than the Vikings' Randy Moss. Among cornerbacks, there might not a more anonymous player than the Packers' Tramon Williams.

Williams, however, won his battle against Moss on Sunday. Matched against Williams on practically every snap, Moss scored a touchdown but was held to three catches (in seven targets) for 30 yards.

"It's one of those things that the coaches always want to see how you're going to react against a big name guy," Williams said. "I don't see it as anything big. I'm just out there trying to do my job."

This week, the Jets will challenge the Packers with one of the better three-receiver groups in the league.

"Yeah, obviously it's going to be a great challenge," he said. "They've got a real good receiving corps and Braylon Edwards, Santonio (Holmes) they just got back, going to see more of him, Jerricho Cotchery and the tight end, Dustin Keller. So, we've got our hands full, but we're working on it this week, got a good game plan, looking to execute."

Packers injury report

Did not participate: WR Donald Driver (quad), DE Ryan Pickett (ankle). Limited participation: T Chad Clifton (knee), S Nick Collins (knee), DE Cullen Jenkins (calf), T Mark Tauscher (shoulder), CB Charles Woodson (toe). Full participation: T Marshall Newhouse (back).

"(Pickett) and Cullen are in the same boat," coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're going to give them the week to see if they can get ready. I think (Pickett) played six plays in the game and he just couldn't go. You could see it on the first double-team that he was part of that he didn't have the strength in the ankle. I'll let you know at the end of the week. He didn't go backwards they told me. So, he is about the same I guess if you are trying to rate it."

With Brad Jones needing season-ending shoulder surgery, the Packers have 10 players on injured reserve.

"Green Bay is going through a tough stretch," Ryan said. "They've got some guys out and things like that but we certainly don't feel sorry for them."

Jets injury report

Limited participation: LB Calvin Pace (foot). Full participation: C Nick Mangold (shoulder), CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring).

Four-point stance

— McCarthy said he'd wait until the end of the week to make a decision on whether to activate cornerback Al Harris and/or safety Atari Bigby from the physically unable to perform list.

— Vikings coach Brad Childress was fined $35,000 by the NFL in part for saying the league admitted it wrongly overturned Visanthe Shiancoe's second-quarter touchdown catch. The Packers have been on the wrong end of a few controversial calls this season. Does Rodgers have any sympathy for the Vikings? "No, not much," he said with a grin.

— Revis' nickname is "Revis Island." What's up with that? "It came from me but I didn't know it was going to blow up as big as it is now," he said. "It was last year, like Week 3, the New York reporters were asking me questions and I said, ‘It feels like I'm out there on an island.' That was the first question then I said it again and I said, ‘I feel like I'm on Revis Island.' They ran with it and it stuck."

— The Jets, Patriots and Steelers top the NFL standings at 5-1. So, who's the best team in the league? "I put us right at the top of that picture," Ryan said "We're right where we want to be. There's a lot of good football teams in this league. Green Bay is one of them. The AFC, certainly has a bunch of guys: Pittsburgh, Tennessee is playing awfully well, Indianapolis, Baltimore. You can just go on and on: of course, New England and Miami. There's some great teams in this league but we just think we're the best so we're out to prove it each week."


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