FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Weren’t we just talking last year about the Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha being the best shutdown cornerback in the NFL? He had taken that title from Champ Bailey, right?
How quickly opinions change.
After a very brief run, the pundits have crowned Jets corner Darrelle Revis as the NFL’s best. Not that Asomugha is ready to concede anything, although he was more than willing on Wednesday to give Revis his props for the season he had.
“I think he’s been playing great,” said Asomugha, now a three-time Pro Bowler. “Anytime you’ve got young corners that come into the league and they’re able to make plays and hold it down on their side, it’s a beautiful thing to watch.
“This was a great year for him. I mean, what are you going to do?”
If you were a big-name wide receiver playing the Jets this season (Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens immediately come to mind), chances are that you did squat during your stay on Revis Island.
Asomugha is going to find out what the island experience is like this week. AFC coach Norv Turner told Asomugha he’d get a chance to play some wide receiver, and he’s booking a reservation to go one-on-one with the corner who has presumably supplanted him as the best.
“We’ll see,” Asomugha said. “I’ll get him in practice and see how many double moves I can put on him. I’m taller than him. I’ll out jump him.”