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Stevie Johnson on Darrelle Revis: 'We'll see who's the better man'

By Jerry Sullivan

Stevie Johnson will attempt to bounce back from his late, crucial fumble against the Atlanta Falcons when the Buffalo Bills travel to Tampa this weekend to take on the Buccaneers. He'll get a pretty stiff test --against his old nemesis, Darrelle Revis.

Johnson had a lot of success visiting Revis Island when the star cornerback was playing for the Jets. He couldn't say how much he'll see of Revis against the Bucs' zone defense.

"Who knows?" Johnson said. "I know we'll be competing. I feel like we'll match up more times than not, and when we do, we'll see who's the better man throughout the game. But once again, my concern is about getting the win, not an individual person."

Johnson is having his worst season in his four as a starter. Due to injuries and a dip in production, he has only 46 catches for 526 yards and three touchdowns. He would need to average 119 yards a game to reach 1,000 for the fourth year in a row. Considering that Stevie hasn't had a 120-yard receiving game since November of 2010, that's not likely.

Bills coach Doug Marrone, who met with Johnson last week to discuss the wideout's general frustrations, said he met with him against after Johnson's fumble late in regulation cost the team dearly in Toronto.

Marrone wouldn't characterize either meeting as a "clear the air" session, but more so as a chance to reassure Johnson that things will be fine as the team moves forward.

""Yes, we did have another meeting," Marrone said. "You have to appreciate that my meetings with the players are private. But it's the same thing. What I'm trying to do is push this team forward, making sure that when we look back we learn from our mistakes, no matter what they may be."


Darrelle Revis | Doug Marrone | Stevie Johnson
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