Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, the 2009 runner-up for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is regarded by many as the best cornerback in the NFL.
After the AFC squad's Pro Bowl practice on Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Revis called the Texans' Andre Johnson the best receiver in the NFL.
"I got to play him in the first game, and it was a tough battle," Revis said, referring to the Jets' 24-7 victory over Houston in Week 1 of the 2009 season. "I mean, he had four catches for 35 yards, but it was a rough day for me, too, trying to handle him because of how good of a player he is.
"I just try to do the best I can to cover him, but overall, (he's) one of the best in the league – top three, probably one. I put him at one in my book. Year in and year out, he's been consistent of just making touchdowns and making the big plays."
This season, Johnson became the second player in NFL history – along with Jerry Rice – to lead the league in receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. He also became the second receiver – along with Marvin Harrison – to post consecutive 1,500-yard seasons.
Revis explained what makes the 6-3, 228-pound Johnson, who was a Big East sprint champion while at Miami, so tough to cover.
"(He's) big and physical, Revis said. "And he's fast. I don't know if some people might mistake his speed, but he's very explosive and powerful, and I think that's the thing that gives him the edge over a lot of people in this league."