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Colts could be cure to Revis' boredom

Jets' rarely tested cornerback will have to be alert when he runs into Manning, Wayne

Updated: January 7, 2011, 2:58 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's hard to believe an NFL cornerback can get bored on the job.

Between chasing around wide receivers and trying to break up passes, it seems as if these guys have plenty to keep them busy on Sundays.

But not Darrelle Revis.

Quarterbacks have rarely tested the New York Jets cornerback in 2010. It's gotten so bad that he says he has to fight through boredom on the field.

[+] EnlargeDarrelle Revis and Reggie Wayne
AP Photo/Kevin TerrellDarrelle Revis held Reggie Wayne to three catches in last season's AFC title game.

"That's the biggest thing," Revis said Tuesday, "fighting boredom when you're not having a lot of balls come to your side. So I just got to just make sure I'm doing my job all the time."

Revis will have plenty to do Saturday night when he's lined up against Reggie Wayne in the Jets' wild-card showdown in Indianapolis.

Wayne finished second in the league in receptions (111) and third in receiving yards (1,355), averaging 12.2 yards per catch. Peyton Manning threw to Wayne 173 times in the regular season, or nearly 11 throws per game.

But in last year's AFC Championship Game, Revis pretty much neutralized Wayne.

Wayne finished with three catches for 55 yards and was thrown to just five times. But Manning torched the rest of the Jets' shaky secondary, finishing with 377 yards passing and three touchdowns in the Colts' 30-17 win.

"He threw at me a couple times last year," Revis said of Manning. "You've got to expect that you're on the hot seat all the time when you're out there covering Reggie Wayne and [Pierre] Garcon and those guys. Peyton, he's going to read the defense and whatever his one-on-one matchup, his best matchup [is], he's going to throw the ball [there] no matter what."

The Jets revamped their secondary after the season-ending loss to Indy, trading for Antonio Cromartie, signing free-agent safety Brodney Pool and drafting Kyle Wilson. Explaining why he wanted another corner, Jets coach Rex Ryan mentioned the AFC title game and how he felt undermanned against Manning.

Manning hasn't put up his typical numbers this season, as evidenced by his 91.9 passer rating -- his lowest since 2002. But the four-time MVP has certainly rebounded from the three-game, 11-interception slump he endured in late November and early December.

He will enter the playoffs having thrown nine touchdowns and just two picks in his past four games.

"It's tough playing chess with Peyton," Revis said. "He's probably one of the best chess players in the world because he understands this game like no other."

The regular season may have been a breeze for Revis, who sat out the Buffalo game last Sunday to avoid injury and missed two other games due to a hamstring problem. He finished with no interceptions and just 10 passes defensed in the regular season. Last year, he had six picks and 31 tipped passes.

So far, the most exciting thing about his 2010 may have been the 36-day training camp holdout.

"Nobody even throws to him. He doesn't have a pick so maybe they should try and pick on him, because clearly he doesn't have the numbers," Ryan joked, before turning serious.

"For one corner to have that kind of impact," the coach said, "it's really amazing."

But for Revis, it was boring.

"I just think right now, that's the situation I'm in," he said. "I can't get frustrated and I've just got to do my job. Because I know sooner or later that they'll try to test me."

Sooner for Revis may come on Saturday night. He gets Wayne and Manning at Lucas Oil Stadium. Should be enough to keep him busy.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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