Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Revis: 'My body's breaking down'

Titans running back DeMarco Murray enjoys his 14-yard TD run with teammates Jack Conklin, left, and Phillip Supernaw.

Associated Press

Titans running back DeMarco Murray enjoys his 14-yard TD run with teammates Jack Conklin, left, and Phillip Supernaw.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When the crowd finally walked away, Darrelle Revis revealed his truth.

"My body's breaking down," the Jets cornerback told Newsday.

Once a one-man island in Rex Ryan's defensive schemes, Revis was the player former Jets coaches entrusted to blanket half of the field all by himself. Now he's realizing those game day scars never quite go away. The pain lingers. The recovery time is longer. The inevitable decline is slow and steady.

He is breaking down.

"Yeah, I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play," Revis said, smiling. "It's just, I'm breaking down. I'm 31. How many corners are 31 right now in the league? The league's getting younger. I know (Vikings cornerback Terence) Newman's still playing (at 38), which is impressive. But I don't know how he's doing it."

During the 10-minute interview, he stopped himself and chuckled. "I sound like I'm retiring," he said, clearly amused.

No, he isn't done playing. Not yet. He's still passionate about football, and there's still a season to salvage.

"I'm not thinking about retirement at this moment," said Revis, reiterating his hope that the Jets can go on a run, starting Sunday in Cleveland. "I've just got to continue to take care of my body. Some of the past injuries, they linger. They linger."

He might not feel like the Revis of old — he played one season (2013) with the Bucs in which he made his fifth of seven Pro Bowls — but he's playing considerably better.

After getting torched in Weeks 1 and 2, he returned from a hamstring strain to limit Cardinals playmaker Larry Fitzgerald to 49 receiving yards. Last week, the Ravens' Joe Flacco threw for 248 yards but only 48 in the second half against the Jets secondary. Eight weeks into the season, Revis said he's starting to "get my rhythm" again.

TITANS 36, JAGS 22: Marcus Mariota went 18-of-22 for 270 yards and two touchdowns, and had no turnovers for the first time at home in his two-year career to lead Tennessee. The loss dropped Jacksonville's Gus Bradley's record in four seasons to 14-41. He entered with the second-worst winning percentage for any coach in NFL history with at least 50 games.

BILLS: The father of safety Aaron Williams says his son intends to wait until the offseason to determine whether to continue playing after sustaining his latest neck injury. Anthony Williams said that while the topic of retirement has yet to be discussed, he intends to involve his entire family in a discussion regarding his son's future. Aaron Williams, 26, was blindsided and bowled over by a hit from Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry on Sunday. Landry was penalized for unnecessary roughness and has been fined $24,309 for an illegal crackback block, the Associated Press reported.

BRONCOS: C.J. Anderson was bracing for a prolonged recovery as the team's top rusher prepared to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. His return is uncertain.

Revis: 'My body's breaking down' 10/27/16 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  2. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  3. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits

    Colleges

    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  4. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. preserves shutout with perfect throw

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.

    "That …

    Colby Rasmus collects high fives and shoulder rubs after driving in all four of the Rays’ runs in their victory Thursday. Rasmus had two run-scoring hits a day after hitting a home run.