Revis, Johnson ready for matchup

TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s the kind of matchup that comes along once every few years, but Darrelle Revis and Calvin Johnson aren’t going to start things off early.

Revis, the Tampa Bay cornerback, and Johnson, a wide receiver from Detroit, are saving it up for Sunday when they play each other. On Wednesday, both players did their best to stay clear of anything that might stir up controversy.

“He’s really humble,’’ Revis said of Johnson. “He doesn’t talk trash. Just go out there and compete and let his game speak for itself. I respect that in him.’’

Revis called Johnson the best wide receiver in the league and Johnson returned the praise when he spoke on a conference call with the Tampa Bay media. The two have gone head to head only once. In that 2010 game, Johnson had one catch for 13 yards.

“One thing I do know from that game is he does a good job of playing the ball,’’ Johnson said. “He’s one of those corners that gets his head around and locates the ball real well. That’s something that a lot of corners don’t have. That’s what makes him so good.’’

At times in the past, Revis has admitted he’s been bored because opponents don’t throw the ball in his direction very often. But Revis isn’t planning on being bored Sunday.

“When you’re matching up the best against the best, there’s probably a little bit more of a chip on your shoulder because, at the end of the game, you want to get the best of that person,’’ Revis said. “I’m sure Calvin feels the same way. They’re throwing him the ball. It will be a fun matchup for me and him just to compete against each other and have fun with it. I’ve played him before and it was a great matchup then. He’s tough to cover.’’