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Posted 30 Jul 2015
QuoteLorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY 11:20 a.m. EDT July 30, 2015
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis, fresh off his conditioning test with beads of sweat trickling down his forehead, strolled up to a group of reporters with a smile on his face.
He knew what was coming.
“It’s Tom Brady,” the New York Jets cornerback said with a laugh. “What did you expect? He’s one of the best to probably ever do this.
“It’s the biggest story in sports today. It’s everywhere you look — on your feeds, Twitter, Instagram — it’s pretty crazy. The league did what it had to do, and they feel that’s the best way to handle the situation.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension Tuesday, as the league and the NFL Players Association gear up for a contentious legal battle.
When Revis was asked if he believed Brady's account of the controversy, he declined to comment, saying he didn’t have all the information the league had.
“It’s not my concern,” Revis said. “They have to deal with that situation, but we have things over here that we have to do collectively.”
Even though Brady is currently slated to miss four games, other Jets players stress that the Patriots will continue to be competitive. The fact that New York doesn’t play New England until Week 7 also seemed to minimize the impact on the Jets.
“I don’t think so,” quarterback Geno Smith said when asked if Brady’s suspension changes the division dynamic. “Brady’s going to be out there when we play him. And I’ve played him four times now, and I know how tough of a competitor he is and how good of a team that is. But we’ve got to work on us right now and use this time wisely so that when those games come about, we’re ready for them.”
Added wide receiver Eric Decker: “We don’t play New England in those four games, so it doesn’t affect us. We’ll get championship Brady.”
Though Jets players were peppered with Brady questions, Revis chose to focus not only on his current team, but the other two seemingly improved division foes — the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, two teams that made splashy offseason additions.
“I feel like this is going to be the toughest division in the NFL,” Revis said. “Just with all the pieces that have moved. With me coming back here, (former Jets coach) Rex (Ryan) going to Buffalo, you have (former Jets general manager Mike) Tannenbaum down in Miami, it’s a lot of moving pieces, and it’s going to be tough.”
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