Darrelle Revis threw some shade at Calvin Johnson on Instagram.
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Darrelle Revis reminds fans of his lockdown performance against Calvin Johnson

Even in retirement, Darrelle Revis‘ competitive fire continues to burn.

Since the conclusion of his 11-year NFL run, the New York Jets legend has continuously taken to social media to remind fans of his incredible accomplishments.

Revis’ post-retirement life is best known for the Twitter beef he shared with Richard Sherman in early 2020. The two potential Hall-of-Fame cornerbacks dueled over their respective greatness, with Revis claiming that the difference in difficultly between his man-to-man assignments and Sherman’s zone-heavy roles made him the better cornerback.

In a since-deleted tweet, Revis called out Sherman for his playstyle, stating that “the fact that he doesn’t travel as a cornerback is lame. Except [sic] the challenge and shut [Davante] Adams down the entire game. Do it for the game of football. Stop hiding [in] a cover 3 zone.”

Sherman promptly responded by saying, “I have a Super Bowl to prepare for … your ninth year looked a lot different than this.”

On his birthday, Revis made sure to remind the masses what he was capable of in his prime, responding to a highlight tape of his career by saying “only a few corners can say they travel with the best receivers in the game!!!”

Revis recently got back to flexing with a subtle jab at former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

On his Instagram story, Revis shared a graphic that showcased Johnson’s career-high receiving yardage total against every NFL team. Pictured next to the Jets’ logo is a paltry “13,” which stands out as Johnson’s worst career-best total against any of the 31 franchises that he faced.

Revis and Johnson clashed one time, battling at Ford Field in Week 9 of the 2010 season.

Johnson caught just one of his four targets for 13 yards, with all four targets coming against Revis’ coverage. The one catch didn’t even go for a first down. Two of the other three passes thrown his way were deflected by Revis.

The 13-yard performance was Johnson’s worst yardage output of the 2010 season. It was also his only outing of the year in which he recorded zero touchdowns and zero first downs. Johnson would never have another conversion-less outing over the rest of his career (save for one game that he left early due to injury).

Revis’ Jets would erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to come back and defeat the Lions in overtime on the strength of a 30-yard Nick Folk field goal. The victory pushed New York to 6-2 while Detroit fell to 2-6.

Johnson faced the Jets one other time in his career, battling them at MetLife Stadium in Week 4 of the 2014 season while Revis was a member of the New England Patriots. He only had 12 yards in that game, but he was physically limited as he entered the contest with an ankle injury.

Despite the lackluster 12 yards, Johnson did catch both of the targets thrown his way and demanded attention that opened things up for his teammates. Golden Tate caught eight passes for 116 yards while future Jets receiver Jeremy Ross secured two grabs for 65 yards. Detroit defeated the Jets by a score of 24-17.

The man best known as “Megatron” currently ranks second in NFL history with a career average of 86.1 receiving yards per game. Throughout a dominant nine-year career, only Revis and the Jets slowed him down.

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