BEREA — Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor won’t listen to any chatter that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, a four-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, isn’t the same player at 31 years old.
“You can’t question Darrelle Revis’ talent,” Pryor said Thursday. “That’s kind of a punch in the face and kind of disrespectful. I would never say that about Darrelle because he’s a Pro Bowler and he’s a Hall of Fame-caliber guy and I don’t think that’s true at all.”
Pryor acknowledged Revis isn’t as fast as in his prime, but that happens to everyone. The Browns host the Jets on Sunday, and Pryor can’t wait for his first matchup with the all-time great. Pryor is from Jeannette, Pa., and Revis is from Aliquippa.
“It’s going to be a phenomenal time to go against him,” Pryor said. “I’ve actually been waiting to play against Darrelle just because he’s from Pittsburgh.
“He was always good and he made a lot of money. I’m a big fan of that. He made a lot of money hitting teams over the head, man.”
Revis struggled some last year, and Bengals Pro Bowler A.J. Green caught 12 passes for 180 yards and a 54-yard touchdown in this year’s opener. Revis also allowed Buffalo’s Marquise Goodwin to sprint by him for an 84-yard touchdown.
He’s no longer considered the league’s best.
“When we watch film on him, you could definitely see the speed has slowed up a little bit,” rookie receiver Ricardo Louis said of Revis. “But that doesn’t mean he can’t play. You can definitely play the game fast, you don’t have to be fast. And his technique and how smart he is, looking at your splits and him knowing the route, he’s jumping it.”
Louis is excited to face Revis and said he won’t back down.
“I’m going to bring it to him, of course,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be a great experience going against one of the best to play the game. But even though that’s the case, I’m still trying to go make plays on him. It’ll be fun.”
A hamstring injury limited Pryor last week against the Bengals and in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
“I’m still fighting,” he said. “Sometimes they don’t go away as fast or as much as you want.
“So just continue to keep following the training staff’s guide and keep on practicing smart, so I can give myself the best chance to go out and help the team on Sunday.”
ONE STEP CLOSER
Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler remained in the concussion protocol Thursday, and coach Hue Jackson said he expects veteran Josh McCown to start against the Jets.
“All signs are pointing in that direction,” he said. “He had another good practice today and worked hard. We are really trending that way right now.”
Jackson stopped short of ruling out Kessler for the game but said he’s unlikely to be available after getting injured Sunday against Cincinnati.
“We have one more day to kind of see where it is,” Jackson said. “It is looking that way, but not ready to say that for sure.”
McCown, 37, has been out since breaking his left collarbone Sept. 18 against Baltimore. This is his third week practicing but he wasn’t cleared to play until this week.
“I’m excited to play with Josh,” Pryor said. “He’s a veteran. He’s very savvy, smart, a team leader. I know he’ll play his heart out. I’m going to give him my all when I’m out there and I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited about it.”
Pryor worked out for the Jets last season but wasn’t signed. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall talked to him during the visit.
“It would have been nice to have another big guy like that on the other side,” Marshall said on a conference call. “It is funny how now that he has this chance and he has taken advantage of it, now everyone is talking about how awesome he is because he is.
“I hear guys like (Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver) Michael Irvin saying all the time he is the best athlete in the NFL. I’m proud of him and he is awesome and he is a great leader. I think that this is just the beginning for him.”
Pryor would love the chance to play with Marshall.
“He’s a bad dude,” Pryor said. “He’s real good. It would be a dream to play with him one day. Maybe we’ll have to get him over here.”
Starting cornerbacks Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor were limited with groin injuries. Haden’s missed the last two games, and Taylor was added to the list Thursday. Jackson talked before the injury report was released and said there’s “a good chance” Haden will play against the Jets.
Defensive back Marcus Burley (hamstring) returned to practice and was limited.
For the Jets, running back Matt Forte (knee), left tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder), linebacker Darron Lee (ankle), center Nick Mangold (ankle) and cornerback Buster Skrine (knee) were among those who didn’t practice. Mangold isn’t expected to play.
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