Eagles Notebook: Bucs' Revis quick not to be baited

Posted: October 11, 2013

REPORTERS KNEW Darrelle Revis was hard to bait into making a mistake in coverage. Yesterday they learned he is equally difficult to lure into dangerous territory on a conference call.

Revis, the NFL's most renowned and highest-paid corner, at $96 million over 6 years, was asked about DeSean Jackson's remarks from Tuesday. Jackson praised Revis, but the Eagles' top receiver also said he thinks he is faster. "I don't think he can run with me," Jackson said.

"I guess that's what fast people say, right?" Revis said yesterday. "He's entitled to say that. He's fast. Personally, that doesn't mean anything to me."

Asked who Revis thinks is faster, Revis said: "That doesn't mean anything to me. It really doesn't matter."

On that, Revis had an ally in Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who said yesterday: "We're not having a track meet on Sunday, so it's not about who's faster than who. It's about who can perform better. I think it'll be an interesting matchup to watch."

Kelly said that Revis, 28, is "right up there in that discussion as one of the best to ever play the game. He's a huge challenge for us, and it will be interesting to see how they deploy him this week."

Revis couldn't or wouldn't shed any light on that last question.

"I don't know that right now," he said when asked if he'd be following Jackson. Then Revis allowed that, "Yeah, that would be my most comfortable thing to do, is follow the best receiver."

Jackson caught two passes for 28 yards, matched up against Revis in a 45-19 Eagles victory over the Jets two seasons ago, Dec. 18, 2011. Jackson missed part of that game with an elbow injury. Revis said he could think of no memorable moments from the encounter.

Revis said the Bucs will prepare for both Michael Vick and Nick Foles at quarterback. Vick was listed as a limited participant yesterday, the first day the Eagles were required to list a practice report. Vick said he was able to participate in 7-on-7 work, after working exclusively in individual drills on Tuesday.

"It's loosening up," Vick said of his left hamstring, which he pulled in the second quarter of last Sunday's win at the Giants.

"We heard about Michael going down, but now we've heard other things," Revis said. "We're getting prepared for whoever steps out on that field."

Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said on a conference call that the Bucs know Foles "all too well" after losing to him on a final-play touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin last Dec. 9.

Chip Kelly was reported to have agreed to coach the Tampa Bay Bucs in January 2012, then to have changed his mind a few hours later, a year before agreeing to leave Oregon to coach the Eagles. Kelly's move then obviously affected the fortunes of both franchises, and of current Bucs coach Greg Schiano.

"I didn't want to leave the staff at Oregon at that time and I didn't want to leave the players at Oregon at that time," Kelly said yesterday. "They met me while I was on the road recruiting. I was impressed with the three Glazer brothers [of the ownership group] and impressed with [general manager] Mark Dominik. But it was more of a decision to stay at Oregon than it was to go anywhere in the NFL . . . I think it was a good decision for me at that point in time."

Schiano said Kelly's initial decision led to his decision to leave Rutgers for the Bucs when the Kelly hiring fell through.

"It's kind of the reason I knew I wanted the job," Schiano said. "One of the things that actually led me to believe that this was the time was when I thought that Chip had accepted the job. I was angry. I was disappointed, is a better word for it. So that kind of told me that I did want it. Sometimes you don't realize you want something until you don't have it. In a few hours, then there was an opportunity maybe to get involved with it again, and that's when I kind of said, 'You know, I really do want to do this.' "

DeSean Jackson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after catching seven passes for 132 yards against the Giants . . . Safety Patrick Chung was a full practice participant for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury against Kansas City. Chung is expected to play at least on a limited basis this week . . . Punter Donnie Jones was a limited participant with an injury to his left foot, the Eagles said, which is alarming in that Jones is leftfooted. Equally eyebrow-raising was the notation that corner Brandon Boykin was limited with a groin problem . . . LeSean McCoy opened his news conference yesterday by declaring Tampa's Doug Martin "a heckuva running back." This had to do with McCoy's tweet over the weekend opining that Denver's Knowshon Moreno "sucks." Given a chance to take that back yesterday, McCoy did not. "What I said is what I meant," he said. The subtext would be that Moreno went 12th overall in the 2009 draft, McCoy went 53rd.

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