Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who didn’t practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and his status for Sunday’s game is uncertain, is accustomed to playing at Heinz Field. He played plenty of games there during his time at the University of Pittsburgh and even during his high school days at Aliquippa High School.
But it will be different this week, as the home crowd definitely won’t be on his side.
“Being in the pros I haven’t played there a lot, but when I have played there it’s always been electric,” said Revis. “The fans are great. It’s a hostile environment to play in. You have to come ready to play. We have to be ready for a hostile environment.”
Revis himself was a Steelers fan growing up, and while he won’t be one this week, he still thinks highly of the team.
“I have a lot of respect for the organization,” said Revis. “I will always have respect. I watched the Steelers growing up. There is a lot of respect for seeing great football when I grew up.”
Revis, along with Jets coach Todd Bowles, shared other thoughts on the Steelers.
Revis on the Steelers’ offense:
“They are a very skilled offense. They have a lot of talent. They have a lot of matchup problems that could be a problem for opposing defenses. I feel we match up pretty well across the board. You have to game plan around Ben Roethlisberger. I feel he is the key to their offense, to their success. He does have a lot of weapons at the running back position with Le'Veon Bell and Le’Veon Bell. He also has weapons on the outside at the receiver position in Antonio Brown and their receiving corps. They are very talented across the board.”
Revis on what makes Roethlisberger successful:
“I think his competitiveness. He is very competitive. I don’t think a lot of people focus in on how competitive he is and how tough he is as a player. The way he sits in the pocket and takes a hit, the way he can maneuver defenders in the pocket and juke them and extend a play or make a play down the field or with his legs. He is a very dangerous quarterback.”
The Steelers prepare for the week 5 matchup against the New York Jets.
Revis on what makes Steelers’ receivers dangerous:**
“Deep balls, vertical passing down the field. As soon as you turn on the film their offense is very explosive. They make a lot of explosive plays down the field because of the personnel they have and the talent they have at receiver. It’s giving credit to their system and to Ben for having the strong arm to make the throws and guys to make plays.”
Bowles on Le’Veon Bell:
“He is good in all three phases. He can run, block and catch. DeAngelo does the same thing. They have a good two-headed monster.”
Bowles on what makes Antonio Brown special:
“He is one of the best in the league. He runs the entire route tree. He is great at what he does. Outstanding hands and quickness and he is a competitor.”
Bowles on Roethlisberger:
“You see Ben do it every Sunday. He is a heck of a ball player. He puts the ball on the money. Right now he is on a pretty good hot streak.”