FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cornerback Darrelle Revis' first training camp with the New England Patriots has been a little bit of a getting-to-know-you type of deal. Revis Island has been in full effect at times, while there have been other plays when Revis takes his foot off the gas pedal a bit, such as Tuesday when Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin raced past him for a long score.
It's all part of Revis' practice approach.
"I've been doing this for a while and sometimes you do that and sometimes you don’t," Revis said of letting up on the practice field. "It depends on how everything is going."
Revis' approach is similar to former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, who often chose when to turn things on and off. For his part, Revis stressed he has the situation under control, regardless of when he finishes the play strong or not.
"Even though I’m not maybe running that fast, they are reps and I know what I need to do during that play," he relayed.
A few other sound bites from Revis:
Illegal Contact. With the NFL putting emphasis on defensive holding and penalizing illegal contact beyond five yards, Revis is working to grasp the new rule. He picked up multiple penalty flags while covering Maclin on Tuesday. “I’m trying to learn it just as every other defensive back in the league. We have to do our best job of following the rules. It’s tough, but at the same time we have got to abide by the rules."
On his first training camp with joint practices. Revis missed the first joint practices of his career last season while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (he was present, but didn't participate), and he now sees the value of taking reps against other teams during the preseason. “I’m just trying to soak it all in and like I said it’s good to get competition from other opponents. We have been going at it for a while as a team -- offense and defense -- so it’s good thing.”
Contract extension already? Asked about the possibility of extending his contract, Revis focused on the present. “No. I’m just here. That has nothing to do with what’s going on right now. I’m here for right now. I’m in this contract and everything I’m trying to do is focus on this year."