By Tim Graham
Stevie Johnson, regardless of his success against him, isn't busted up about Darrelle Revis' departure from the New York Jets.
Revis is one of the NFL's best defenders. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"The battle with Revis was fun while it lasted in the division," Johnson said, "but that's not any of my concern right now."
The Jets have reshuffled. Johnson expects to see much more of Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Ninth overall draft pick Dee Milliner had been the Jets' slot corner, but he was benched last week for poor play and his status is uncertain Sunday at the Meadowlands.
"I've got to focus on Cromartie now," Johnson said. "If he's the one that's going to shadow me around this game, then that's where my attention will be."
With Revis injured the last time the Bills played the Jets, Cromartie was on Johnson almost every play. Johnson caught six passes for 111 yards.
"He's savvy," Johnson said of Cromartie. "He's been in this league for a while, so he's learned little tricks of the trade. He's comfortable in his position. I study him a lot, even when Revis was there.
"He's athletic. We know what he can do when he gets the ball, so make sure we get enough cushion on him so we can, as receivers, get the ball instead of him making plays."
Johnson's numbers against Revis are remarkable. In the past four games against the Jets with Revis on the field, Johnson has 17 catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
That would be a season's pace of 68 receptions, 908 yards and 12 touchdowns versus a player who's believed to be the NFL's best pass defender.
How will Revis' absence impact the Jets' defense overall?
"It just puts pressure on other guys," Johnson said. "Other guys got to step up. Either the pressure's going to create diamonds or you ain't going to be able to last.
"That's pretty much what's going on over there, with a guy like Revis leaving. Cromartie's been to Pro Bowls before but now it's going to be on the other guys to step up. We'll see what they can do.
"At the end of the day, I like our guys over theirs."
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