TAMPA, Fla. -- When the New York Jets traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April, they gave up more than just one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. They also gave away much of their playbook.
Revis, who will open the season Sunday with his new team against his old team, said he's been sharing secrets about the Jets with his coaches and teammates.
"It's just one of those things, when a player comes from another team, [offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan] is asking a couple of questions about [the Jets'] defense and what are the base calls, I spill them," Revis said. "I'll spill the beans and let him know what we used to run and let him know what things Coach [Rex] Ryan might do. It's almost like stealing a little bit. That's what you've got to do. You take the information and pass it to the offensive coordinator."
Revis said he also has been breaking down the Jets' receivers for the other members of the secondary.
"I know these guys," Revis said. "I played against them every day in practice. I've got a bunch of tips on those guys and the good thing about it is I've been sharing them with our secondary, telling Leonard [Johnson] tips about these guys, telling Johnthan Banks, telling Dashon [Goldson] about it and Mark [Barron] as well. We'll come into this game real comfortable just from the experience I had there and knowing these guys."
Revis also seemed to find it humorous when informed of a New York Daily News report that said Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith hasn't studied any film of him.
"I don't understand why he didn't study me because I will be on the opposite side," Revis said. "But I don't know what their game plan is or what their preparation is and personally, I don't know what Geno's preparation is. But I would hope that if you're playing against another opponent, you should study everybody on the opposing team. If that's the case, that's the case. I'm studying him. Just to let him know, I'm studying him. I guess we'll just leave it at that."
The game also will mark Revis' return from a torn ACL suffered in the second week of last season. Revis didn't want to get into much detail when asked if he's as healthy as he was before the injury.
"Just go out there and just play," Revis said. "I've been practicing and I've been making some plays here and there and then some plays, maybe not so good. I'm not a perfect football player. We all make mistakes and we'll see after the game when the sheet comes back of bad plays or good plays."