Darrelle Revis fires back at Jason Hill

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Is Jason Hill on the back of a milk carton? Because Darrelle Revis can't put a face to the name. Revis is used to getting snarky remarks from Chad Ochocinco or Randy Moss in his heyday, but not ... who?

"I don't even know who that dude is," said the New York Jets cornerback. "What's his name again?"

Hill, Jason -- 26 years old, 6-foot, 202 pounds. The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver with a hobbled hip has 55 career catches in six seasons and had just 11 last year. That fine resume aside, Hill called out Revis, saying that his sterling reputation was due in part to the New York media machine.

"I think the whole New York is overhyped," Hill said. "Him personally, he's a good player, Pro Bowl player, I'm trying to make it to the Pro Bowl, too. This'll be a good game to put some notches on our belts, too. It's the New York Times versus the Jacksonville paper. New York Times, they got a lot more viewers than you got."

Jets safety Jim Leonhard said: "I don't know how you consider someone overhyped if he's never guarded you."

When Revis heard what whoever the heck that guy is had to say, he got a bit of a gleam in his eye. Overhyped?

"He'll find out come Sunday," Revis said.

"I don't know if that's the guy you want to mess with," safety Eric Smith said.

Unfortunately, Hill's hip injury has him listed as doubtful for the Jets game Sunday at 1 p.m. When told that his star corner got called out by a receiver who might not make it onto the field, Jets coach Rex Ryan paused.

"You're kidding, right?"

After an offseason in which the Jets lost the stakes for Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Ryan had no trouble identifying Revis and what he means to the Jets defense.

"I can tell Jason Hill this, and anybody else: There are a lot of good receivers in this league and all that. The best corner in football, and it's not close, is Darrelle Revis," he said.

Hill made his comments to the Florida Times-Union and referenced a conversation with former Jets defensive back Drew Coleman.

"This is a league full of great players. I think sometimes they get overhyped," Hill said. "I talked to Drew, Drew played there. He says it's just the aura of New York. They got a big media. That's not the Jacksonville paper, that's the big New York Times paper so they get more pub. That's what it is.

"It's a game that we all play. He been playing the game, Revis, just as long as I've been playing. This is a game full of good players making plays. He just made a lot more plays on TV than we've made being here in Jacksonville. He's a good player. We respect him. Hopefully he respects us because we're going to bring it just like they're going to bring it."

Revis was just disappointed he might not be able to meet Hill on the field, even if Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine decided Hill was good enough to warrant coverage by Revis.

"Well," Revis said, "he shouldn't have been talking in the first place because he can't back it up now."

"What's the odds of him even seeing Darrelle?" linebacker Bart Scott said. "Think we're going to put our best corner on (Hill)?"

The Jets are going to attract a certain amount of attention because of a coach so extroverted it verges on comic. Ryan's comments are annoying for many opponents, but it's coupled with the ability to back it up on the field. The Jets have reached the AFC title game two straight years, and it's hard to get overlooked in the wake of that success.

"When you're in a big market this is what happens," Revis said. "You're in the newspaper every day. We're one of the best teams in the league, you get all the TV time you get. Speaking of Jacksonville, that's just a totally different story. It's a different market and those guys don't get showcased as much. The only one that gets showcased is (tight end) Marcedes (Lewis) and (running back Maurice) Jones-Drew. The Jason Hill guy I don't even know who the guy is. So whatever he says, he's trying to get in the paper, I guess."

Leonhard said the Jets face this a lot, but the Jets have earned the media attention.

"I'm sure a lot of people don't like it," Leonhard said. "There is a lot of attention on this city and there is a lot of attention on this team. That's what happens when you've been winning football games. Obviously Rex isn't afraid to go out there to the media and say things, but for the most part we've gone out there and backed it up."

The Jaguars, who released quarterback David Garrard the week before the season started, were 8-8 last season.

"I guarantee if Jacksonville goes to the next two AFC championships, they'll get plenty of action," Scott said.

Revis, for one, should probably send Hill a Get Well Soon card, because he'd like nothing better than to see the wide receiver on the field Sunday.

"I wish he was playing, I hope he still plays so we can see Sunday," Revis said. "That's my biggest concern. He needs to get on the field and play so he can back it up."

Jane McManus is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com.