Colts receivers ready for life on Revis Island
Associated Press
Saturday, January 23, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS --- Reggie Wayne is ready to take another trip to Revis Island.

The Indianapolis receiver is preparing for man-to-man coverage, strong-armed tactics and turbulent conditions with the hope of earning an all-expenses-paid trip to Miami.

No, this is not just another job for the Colts star and the New York Jets cornerback. It's an adventure.

"One thing about (Darrelle) Revis is he's going to challenge you," Wayne said. "He's going to make you play your best. I accept that challenge. I feel like he's one of the best. He's going to make me play at my best, so it's going to be exciting."

Wayne, a four-time Pro Bowler, has plenty to prove Sunday in the marquee matchup at the AFC championship game.

Revis, runner-up for NFL defensive player of the year, has not only survived matchups against some of the league's top receivers this season, he's thrived.

Even before New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg renamed Manhattan in Revis' honor, his personal check list looked like this:

- Houston's Andre Johnson, four catches, 35 yards.

- New England's Randy Moss, eight catches, 48 yards in two games.

- Buffalo's Terrell Owens, six catches, 26 yards in two games.

- Carolina's Steve Smith, one catch, 5 yards.

- Cincinnati's Chad Ochocinco, two catches, 28 yards in two games.

- And in an abbreviated first round against Wayne, three receptions, 33 yards.

Revis has allowed only one touchdown all season, yet Wayne may have come the closest to breaking out against him, barely missing a long catch in December's game when Peyton Manning overthrew him by a step on a deep slant-and-go route.

Wayne also played less time than the others, departing with the other Colts starters with about six minutes to go in the third quarter of Indy's 29-15 loss.

Round 2 could be different.

Indy receiver Pierre Garcon is expected to play after missing the first game with a bruised hand, and last week Indy kept tight end Dallas Clark involved in the offense against Baltimore's similar 3-4 defense. The Jets can't ignore Indy's ground game, either, after Joseph Addai burned them for an early 21-yard TD run the first time out.

As usual, though, the confident third-year cornerback promises his game will live up to the hype.

"All this Revis Island stuff is fun," he said. "You enjoy it, but the bigger goal is just being consistent and playing and going out there and trying to cover these guys the best way I can."

From the Saturday, January 23, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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