Cowboys-Jets game features Dez Bryant vs. Darrelle Revis


Darrelle Revis, the No. 1 cornerback for the New York Jets, goes by the nickname Revis Island, and he can make any receiver feel like a forgotten castaway never heard from for four solid quarters.

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is unfazed. In fact, if Revis is shadowing him tonight, Bryant plans to do a little island hopping.

“I’m not going to change up my game for no corner,” Bryant told reporters this week. “I’m not the type of guy to single anybody out — no DB, nothing like that.”


The Cowboys certainly have the pass catchers in Bryant, Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten to test the ultra-talented Jets secondary, which also includes Pro Bowl corner Antonio Cromartie.

In his rookie year last season, before he missed the last four games because of a broken leg, Bryant caught 45 passes for 561 yards and six touchdowns. He played only five games with Tony Romo before the quarterback suffered a season-ending broken clavicle.

Of Bryant, Revis said: “The guy is very strong, he’s fast, he makes plays. I’ll put Dez Bryant in the category of Terrell Owens … very explosive.”

No matter who is shadowing Bryant, that will be a matchup to watch in this opener, which pits brothers and defensive strategists Rex and Rob Ryan, with their father — legendary NFL defensive guru Buddy Ryan — watching from the stands. Rex is head coach of the Jets; Rob is the new defensive coordinator of the Cowboys.

Bryant says he’s more comfortable in his second season, and more in tune with Romo.

“I know what I’m doing when I’m out on the field,” the receiver said. “There’s no better feeling than that. I’m fired up and ready to go out and show what I’ve learned.”