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Jets Hope Former Teammate Not Ready To Play

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Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 19, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Revis is now in Tampa Bay. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images.
Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 19, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Revis is now in Tampa Bay. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images.

The New York Jets will open the 2013 regular season against former hometown hero cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets are hoping that trading Revis in the off-season will not hurt them against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On draft night, April 22, the Jets traded Revis, who is recovering from a knee injury last season, to the Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft. Jets General Manager John Idzik did not have a choice in trading Revis because team owners Woody Johnson had reportedly said he refused to meet Revis contractual demands.

Revis is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL when he is healthy. This upcoming season Revis is hoping to improve the Bucs pass defense, ranked 32nd in passing yards given up per game.

The Jets are hoping Revis will not be playing at an elite level in week one.

Revis is hungry to prove the Jets that they were wrong to trade him. There is no better way for Revis to do that than to make Jets expected starting quarterback Mark Sanchez struggle with every pass.

Sanchez is coming off a terrible season where he threw for only 13 touchdowns compared to 18 interceptions. The difference in this game could be Sanchez’s success against the Bucs pass defense, anchored by Revis.

Revis most likely has his own list on notes on Sanchez from what he noticed in practices and games. Revis is probably studying those notes and video of Sanchez daily to prepare for the week one matchup.

The most important player in the Jets week one’s matchup is Revis, by far. Revis by himself could lead the Bucs to victory.

The other aspects will be important for the Jets to dominate, such as the run game and preventing last year’s running back rookie sensation Doug Martin from exploiting the Jets run defense. The Jets and their fans are hoping that Sanchez does not throw too many footballs into the hands of Revis.