Darrelle Revis is still Darrelle Revis.
That was the takeaway from Patriots coach Bill Belichick when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning about what he expects from the Jets-turned-Patriots-turned-Jets-again corner in Week 7. Revis, who has three interceptions and three fumble recoveries this season, will return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday for the first time since re-signing with the Jets as a free agent this offseason.
"He's had some production with interceptions, recovering fumbles, things like that," Belichick said. "There's times when he's matched, there's times when he hasn't matched. I think that's a game plan thing. Obviously they'll do what they think is best. I don't think it's anything dramatically different from what we've seen in the past. He and [corner Antonio] Cromartie, those guys play a lot off each other. Not a whole lot that is dramatically different."
When asked if the time Revis spent in the organization might help the Patriots this week -- or vice versa -- Belichick downplayed the significance of their shared experience.
"What we know, we know. What they know, they know," Belichick said. "It comes up every week. There are always players on our team or other teams that have been in other organizations. We've played against them, or they've been with us, whatever it is.
"It's really a weekly thing. Whatever we know about the player, we know about them. Whatever they know about us, they know about us. Honestly, it's basically every week. It's not like we have a big conference or a big meeting about, 'This guy was here, and now he's there.' We could go on and on about that on a weekly basis."
Earlier in the morning, during an interview with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show with Kirk Minihane, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got into a little more detail on how his time with Revis as a teammate may come into play during the upcoming rivalry game.
Brady said that last year could benefit both sides.
"He’s got, obviously, an intimate knowledge of how we do things," Brady said, "and kind of the skill set of our players and our formations, and vice versa. I know how he likes to play things. His play style is very similar to what it’s always been.
"He’s a phenomenal player. Some of those players you play against where you go, ‘God, how did they know it was going to be this route, or that?’ Sometimes they just know by what they see, or their instincts, or feel, by the way the receiver walks to the line of scrimmage, the way the right tackle looks in his stance. I don’t know what he’s looking at, but he diagnoses plays and routes. He’s off to a great start this year."