Friday November 21st, 2014

New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis praised Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson ahead of their matchup in Foxboro, Mass., on Sunday.

Johnson, who is considered one of the NFL's top receivers, has caught 34 passes for 520 yards and three touchdowns this season.

The four-time Pro Bowler has missed three games because of a nagging ankle injury. Johnson also injured his elbow in last Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but he indicated this week that the injury is not serious.

At 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, Revis would be at a size disadvantage against the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Johnson, but Revis, who has faced Johnson twice before, is regarded as one of the better cornerbacks in the league. 

The Patriots could also elect to use the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Brandon Browner, whom they signed this offseason to a three-year deal, on Johnson.

From the Boston Herald:

“He’s a man amongst boys out there. You see it all the time. The dude’s 6-foot-6, 230 pounds. And he runs a 4.3. That’s pretty freakish,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “It’s like an alternate (universe) receiver that you want. So if you can create him on the video game, that’s basically what he is. . . . I have a lot of respect for him. I feel like our defense has a lot of respect for him. He has a lot of respect around the league as well.”

New England enters Sunday 8-2 and in first place in the AFC East, while the Lions are 7-3 and are tied for first place in the NFC North.

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