This Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets. The Jets have their sights set on the Super Bowl while the Jags are scanning the depth chart for the quarterback of the future.
The Jets have gained fans and fueled critics with their mouths and their play during the past two seasons under bombastic coach Rex Ryan. One mouthy Jacksonville wide receiver has apparently been studying the his foes extremely well -- both on the field and in the media room.
While discussing the Jets secondary and All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose coverage skills have inspired legions of gridiron cartographers to map the vast territories of "Revis Island", Jason Hill didn't mince words.
He told the Florida Times Union:
"This is a league full of great players. I think sometimes they get overhyped. I talked to [Jaguars safety] Drew [Coleman], 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[licity]. That's what it is."
Revis has been named to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, while Hill has 714 career receiving yards in a little more than four seasons in the NFL.
"He just made a lot more plays on TV than we've made being here in Jacksonville," said Hill, before backtracking slightly. "He's a good player. We respect him."
After practice on Friday, Revis told the New York Daily News, "I don't even know who that is, he shouldn't have been talking in the first place."
Ryan also had a message for Hill.
"I can tell Jason Hill this," Ryan said. "The best corner in football, and it's not close, is Darrelle Revis. So, we'll see how he feels after the game."
Interestingly, Jason Hill is listed as the No. 2 wide receiver on the Jaguars depth chart, meaning he would likely draw coverage from the Jets No. 2 cornerback Antonio Cromartie, rather than Revis.
If Revis decides, for some reason, to visit the opposite side of the field during the game then perhaps Hill will have the chance to introduce himself formally during the game.
After he snagged a key interception late last week, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo probably doesn't think that Revis over-hyped. But, as Ryan said, "The good news is that we get to find out."