Moss admits Revis 'opened my eyes up'

Like the Fonz saying he's sorry, New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss struggled to praise New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis last year.

Revis nearly shut down Moss in their two meetings last year. Moss had four receptions for 24 yards and no touchdowns against the Jets in Week 2. In their Week 11 rematch, Moss had five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown, a bang-bang Tom Brady dart from 4 yards out that was virtually impossible to defend.

Moss declined to give Revis any credit. They sniped back and forth. Moss claimed Revis had extra help from safeties. Revis insisted he thwarted Moss man-to-man.

Revis, in a word-association game with NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders, called Moss a "slouch" and in an interview with the Boston Globe explained "It's a respect thing that Randy Moss, for some reason, doesn't get."

Turns out Moss was highly impressed with Revis -- so much so that it motivated Moss throughout the offseason. They'll square off again Sunday at the Meadowlands.

"Am I excited to see Revis? I think I am because there was a lot of talk last year," Moss said Sunday in a colorful news conference after beating the Cincinnati Bengals. "And I'm not taking anything from him. He did do some good things last year to be the shutdown corner that he is.

"And I'm not scared to say this: I prided my offseason on Revis. Like I said, I take pride in what I do, but what he did last year was something that even opened my eyes up as a wide receiver, that there's a cornerback out here that I really have to be on my A game. So I prided my offseason on staying off of Revis Island."

The incentive to win his next matchup with Revis helped Moss have what he considered his greatest summer as a Patriot.

"We have a great task next week with the Jets," Moss said. "Hopefully, Baltimore will beat them up pretty good or beat each other up Monday so we can get a good game on Sunday.

"I've definitely been up and down just because I don’t know what to expect. The only thing I can do is take care of me, and that's to go out here and prepare each day, work hard and do whatever I can to help this team win."