Avoid Revis Island

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (left) celebrates his pick six against the Dolphins with wide...

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (left) celebrates his pick six against the Dolphins with wide receiver Santonio Holmes in East Rutherford, N.J., Oct. 17, 2011. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

TORONTO - Darelle Revis gets plenty of attention for his ability to shut down opposing receivers and rightly so. When the words shutdown corner are uttered these days, Revis is generally the first name that pops to mind.

The folks at Pro Football Focus though have taken things a step further.

PFF tracks just about every stat imaginable and breaks down individual performances like few others outside NFL coaching offices.

Revis and the Jets are coming off their bye week, but according to PFF numbers, Revis will head into the Week 9 showdown with the Buffalo Bills having allowed just 10 receptions all year.

Teams have thrown at Revis-covered opponents 33 times this year according to the website with just those 10 successes.

The longest pass play Revis has given up is a 26-yard reception to Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys, although later in the game, when Tony Romo tried to go back to Bryant, Revis intercepted the pass.

With seven games under his belt, Revis has yet to allow a touchdown, although he has scored one.

He has four interceptions and six knockdowns among those 33 times offences dared to throw his way.

Is it any wonder there is little to no attraction to visiting Revis Island these days?

FREDDY NO FANTASY

Fred Jackson has no problem when his abilities are second-guessed. He just goes out on the field and shows people the error of their ways.

But being passed over by his own wife during a fantasy draft had to hurt the Buffalo running back.

In a story trumpeting Jackson’s MVP chances in the Buffalo News on Tuesday, Jackson revealed that his wife Danielle was taking part in a family and friends fantasy draft and didn’t pick him until the fifth round.

To her credit, Danielle did warn everyone that her husband was off limits in the pool but before she actually used one of her picks to take him, she had already filled one running back position with Michael Turner.

Apparently Jackson had to threaten to leave the draft with her brother before she actually committed a fifth-round pick to securing his fantasy rights.

“She told me she’s happy she got me,” Jackson told the News. “She’s in first place right now. I told her I want half of the winnings.”

For the record, Jackson’s fantasy totals are dwarfing anything his wife is getting out of Turner so far this season.

NO RESPECT FOR GREEN

Seven games into his NFL career, Cincinnati rookie receiver A.J. Green has 516 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

Not bad for a first crack at the league, at least not by most standards.

Unless you’re fellow rookie Richard Sherman, the young man given the job of covering Green Sunday in the Bengals win in Seattle.

Sherman was not the least bit impressed by the No. 4 pick in last year’s NFL draft.

“I would say he’s probably one of the most overrated receivers out there,” Sherman told Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR-AM of Green following the game. “He wasn’t anything special. Dalton was a good quarterback. He makes good decisions, but A.J. Green is just a lot of noise talking and bad routes.”

The noise Sherman referred to was all the trash talking Green engaged in although Sherman wasn’t exactly a shrinking violet in that department either.

Green did burn his fellow rookie for a touchdown in the game, although Sherman exacted some revenge with an interception of another ball that was headed Green’s way.

Unlike Green who was a first-round pick, Sherman was a fifth-round pick in last April’s draft.

The lower selection doesn’t appear to have hurt the young man’s confidence.

HOUSH SIGNS

The Oakland Raiders already mortgaged a good part of its future for quarterback Carson Palmer. It only makes sense to try and make him as comfortable as possible.

With that in mind, the Raiders brought in former Bengal and Palmer favourite target T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a workout this week and signed him late Tuesday with an eye towards adding him to an athletic, but very inexperienced, receiving corps.

The 34-year-old Houshmandzadeh has been out of work since leaving the Baltimore Ravens at the end of last season.

The two players had been working out together before Palmer was acquired by the Raiders in a trade with the Bengals.

Houshmandzadeh struggled in Baltimore where he caught just 30 passes for 398 yards.

In six of his previous eight season he was over 900 yards receiving.

Housh doesn’t exactly have the kind of speed Raiders receivers in general are blessed with but he does have a few things working for him.

The fact that Raiders head coach Hue Jackson has been referencing Houshmandzadeh since training camp only helped the nine-year NFL veteran secure a job in Oakland.


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