RICHMOND- One of the biggest names during the NFL offseason was Darrelle Revis, a shutdown corner that the Patriots acquired. Another, though unexpected, huge name in the NFL offseason was DeSean Jackson, who landed with the Redskins after an unceremonious exit from Philadelphia. Matched against one another during joint practices Monday in Richmond, Revis spoke highly of the Redskins move to grab the speedy Jackson when he hit the free agent market.
"Adding DeSean, that’s great. DeSean is one the best wide receivers in the league," Revis said.
The Washington receiving group as a whole got compliments from Revis, and it makes sense. Pierre Garçon caught 113 passes last season, and Andre Roberts is viewed around the NFL as a breakout candidate.
"It was great competition today," Revis said. "It was good to see another team, we’ve been beating each other up for a few days now."
Revis pointed out that he was not using the Richmond practice sessions as a RG3 scouting trip.
"This is my first time actually seeing him in action," Revis said of Griffin. "I'm not looking at what RG3's doing. I'm trying to compete and do my job."
While Revis had little to say about Griffin, he said the 'Skins receivers provided a tough level of play during practice.
"They got some great guys on there, Garçon, Roberts, DeSean. Great competition," Revis said.
A few years removed from his most dominant play on the New York Jets, Revis is one part of an overhauled Patriot secondary. The 29-year-old out of Pittsburgh, "Revis Island" could allow New England coach Bill Belichick to design more blitzes if Revis can slow the opponent's best pass catcher.
"We want to be physical in the secondary, that’s what our coaches want us to do."