FOXBORO -- His practice demeanor preceded him.
Well before he became a member of the Patriots, Darrelle Revis was widely regarded as a premier practice player. He was a star who performed like one on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays so that he could dominate an opposing team's best receiver on Sundays.
Early in Patriots training camp, Revis has shown a similar propensity for big plays in practice.
After Revis intercepted Tom Brady on Thursday afternoon and ran the pick in for a touchdown, Brady admitted "it’s great work for us, and you understand what you’re up against," going up against strong corners like Revis and Brandon Browner.
There's a developing feeling that the No. 1 offense and defense for the Patriots truly relish the challenge of playing against one another in these training camp practices. While Friday night's session saw starters sit out for the majority of the workout, there was a raised level of competition between both sides on Thursday.
When the defense made a great play -- like Revis' pick -- it celebrated. When the offense responded, they howled themselves.
Revis explained on Friday night that the competitive spirit -- led by Brady on offense -- is making everyone reach a higher level.
"You know, Tom is -- I’ll tell you what, it’s not because I'm his teammate; I played against him a number of years when I was in New York -- he’s one of the best to ever play," Revis said. "You can see it even in practice by going against him every day. He’s a hard worker and he brings the best out of you. It’s awesome, man. Going back and forth -- I'm not going to call it a competition -- we’re teammates. We’re just trying to get each other better and we’re trying to work hard together. Sometimes he gets a play. It goes back and forth. The good thing about it is, it’s great competition and the only thing we can do is look at it as getting each other better and just going out there and working hard."