A year ago at his time Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis were teammates -- two of the best that their respective positions building steam toward an eventually successful Super Bowl run.
Now, Revis has returned to the hated Jets (4-1) and he'll return to Foxborough on Sunday to rekindle battles with Brady that have occurred on both the game field and the practice field in the past. The two know each other well, making this game within the game one of the more interesting aspects of Sunday's AFC East battle for first place at Gillette Stadium.
The Boston Globe notes that Brady had plenty of good things to say about Revis on Wednesday. The Globe offers up a guide to the dangerous Jets, while Bill Belichick had some praise for New York passer Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Boston Herald has current Patriots No. 1 cornerback Malcolm Butler saying he's done talking about the guy who formerly held that job, Revis.* Herald* columnist Steve Buckley says the Jets are the Patriots "real rivalry." The Herald breaks down how the Jets No. 1 defense will test the Patriots No.1 scoring offense. The paper also passes along Revis smartly talking about not expecting a warm welcome at Gillette this Sunday.
The* Providence Journal looks at the new tone the Jets are taking under first-year coach Todd Bowles. The *ProJo says the key to a New York upset will be limiting its turnovers.
ESPNBoston.com breaks down how the absence of rookie guard Shaq Mason, who missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury, could affect the Patriots interior offensive line against the Jets. Brady has worked hard on his mobility in recent years and its paid off with him extending plays on the field.
ESPNBoston.com notes that veteran free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan worked out for the Patriots this week.
ESPN has Revis saying he knew "the number was too high" for him to return to the Patriots after last season. And Brady told New York reporters he wants to play "10 more years." ESPN says TB12 is the MVP through six weeks of action in 2015, for whatever that's worth.
WEEI.com explains how the return of Brandon LaFell, who began practicing this week after missing the first six weeks on PUP with a foot injury, could be a game changer for the Patriots offense. WEEI.com also has Brady talking about how tough Revis can make life for a quarterback.
CSNNE.com also takes a look at Brady's comment that he'd like to play 10 more years. The site notes that former New England running back Stevan Ridley could make his season debut on Sunday, having missed the first six weeks on PUP. While the Patriots may be facing the best defense they've seen against New York, the Jets will be facing by far the best offense they've faced on Sunday says CSNNE.com.
NFL.com has Brady talking about how the Patriots and Jets are similar.