"I never back down from any challenge" - Darrelle Revis. (USA TODAY Images)
Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis spoke to the media last Friday, and Patriots.com posted a video of his interview with reporters. Here's a transcript of what he had to say for anyone who hasn't seen/heard it:
ON HOW IT FEELS TO BE A PATRIOT:
"You know, it feels great. I'm just taking my time, taking it one day at a time, and just working. That's basically it."
ON IF THERE HAVE BEEN ANY SURPRISES TO THIS POINT:
"No. No. This is a new adventure for me and I'm just happy to be a part of the Patriots organization. I've known them from playing in New York for six years and it's good man. This is something in my journey and like I said, I'm just happy to be here.
ON WHAT THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS GETTING TO KNOW THIS ORGANIZATION FROM THE INSIDE:
"From inside out, it's totally different. There's things that you didn't expect, how this organization is run from top to bottom. You've got to crown your hat off to Mr. Kraft for how this organization operates. They're going to be a winning organization and I'm happy those guys gave me an opportunity to come in here and be a part of it."
ON WHAT HE GETS OUT OF WORKOUTS LIKE THESE AND WHAT HE LOOKS TO TRY AND ACCOMPLISH:
"One, is to get in shape. Also, is to, you know, learn the defense. It's different terminology, the program is run differently and I'm just trying to adjust to coach Belichick's program. You've got to take step back. That's all I'm trying to do is learn and enjoy it as much as I can and just try to get better."
ON WHAT IT'S BEEN LIKE GOING UP AGAINST TOM BRADY IN PRACTICE:
"It's always a defensive and offensive competition going on and I think both sides, I think what we're really trying to do is just get better at the end of the day. You know, it's good to have the same jersey on as Tom and everybody else on this team from just the past and being across the sideline from each other. Like I said, it's an offensive and defensive type of thing and it's competition but at the same time, we're just all trying to get better here."
ON WITH HIS EXPERIENCE, HOW SOON HE'S ABLE TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE WITH OTHER DEFENSIVE BACKS:
"It could take a while. You just...as of right now we're in OTA's and this is the time where we can glue together, not just as a secondary, but also as a defense and also as a team as well. We're all in this together and everybody's working hard, and that's what we're all trying to do. Trying to get prepared for the season and use these OTA's as something for us to build towards the season."
ON IF HE LIKES IT WHEN PEOPLE DON'T THROW HIS WAY OR IF HE GETS A LITTLE BORED:
"I love competition. I think that's why we play this game is to compete every Sunday and to go out there and execute your job and try to win games. Like I said, I love competition and I never back down from any challenge. It's just going out there and competing and doing your job and help your team win."
ON IF HE SEES HIMSELF BEING A LEADER ON THIS DEFENSE:
"As of right now, I don't know. Like I said, I'm just trying to take this time to get to know the guys and for them to know me as well. I'm not trying to come in here and step on anybody's toes. I'm just trying to come in here and learn as much as I can and improve and get this defensive scheme down and just keep on working."
ON WHAT HE'S LEARNED ABOUT BRANDON BROWNER SO FAR:
"I don't know man, I'm too busy with having so much stuff on my plate. You've got to speak to Brandon about that. Because I've been trying to focus on what I need to focus on and just trying to worry about the things I can control."
ON HOW HIS KNEE IS FEELING:
"It's fine. You know, it's great."
ON IF HE'S PICKING OTHER GUY'S BRAINS OR IF THEY'RE TRYING TO PICK HIS:
"Like I said, I'm not trying to come in here and step on anybody's toes. You've got to take a step back. There are guys who have been here for many years. Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan is a very smart guy. So you know, they've been in this system a little bit so I'm just trying to sit back and get feedback from those guys and go from there."
HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TALK TO THOSE GUYS IN PRACTICE TO WORK OUT THE KINKS ON THINGS HE MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND YET:
"I mean, there's conversations all the time. We see each other every day. We're at work, there's always talks about the issue of if I have any questions, I know I can go to those guys and ask them."
ON IF THERE'S MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS DEFENSIVE SCHEME AND WHAT HE'S USED TO:
"Every defense has their kinks and they do things differently and have different schemes. Right now, for me, this is my third team and I'm just trying to observe everything right now and just trying to take a step back and learn everything I can to get prepared for the season."
ON IF HE HAS AN IDEA RIGHT NOW FOR THE TALENT LEVEL OF THIS TEAM:
"Like I said, I've got a lot of stuff on my plate. The coaches are evaluating guys every day. That's really not for me to sit here and really talk about, because I've got too much stuff on my plate and the things I'm trying to worry about every day."
ON IF HE HAS ANY APPRECIATION AT THIS POINT OF HOW GOOD THIS SECONDARY CAN BE WITH HIM LEADING THE WAY:
"Well, you can't put a prediction on it right now. We're right in the beginning stages. We just finished up our third practice and we've still got a lot of work to do. The good thing about it is we still have time to get better and that's what we're just trying to focus on. Just trying to get better every day. When the preseason comes and all of that, when the season comes, I think we'll be ready to go."
ON THE FACT HE'S BEEN AN OUTSPOKEN GUY AND A LOT OF GUYS COME HERE AND 'ZIP THEIR' LIP, AND IF HE'S GOING TO 'BE HIS OWN GUY':
"Yeah, I'm being my own guy. I'm going to be me. That's all I can say. I think coach Belichick lets guys be who they are, and that's fine. I'm going to be myself and just go with the flow."
ON IF BEING PART OF THIS ORGANIZATION IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND A REJUVINATION:
"Well, you know, last year, it was a tough year - when I played in Tampa Bay - it was tough, coming off the ACL and everything. So it was a long year for me personally, just trying to recover. So now I'm ready to go and like I said, I'm just trying to sit here and absorb everything in and just trying to enjoy my time and get ready for the season."
ON IF IT'S STRANGE BEING IN THE SAME DIVISION AS THE JETS:
"No, it's not. That's in the past man. Like I said man, I'm on my career and my journey and right now I'm a New England Patriot, and that's that. I'm trying to do the best I can to get better as a player but also help this team win."