FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass.
Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England before they meet in a preseason game Friday night.
Maclin didn’t need to catch Nick Foles’ pass against one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks to boost his confidence.
“Man, this is the National Football League,” he said after Tuesday’s workout. “I feel like I can go against anybody.”
And Revis likely wasn’t giving maximum effort if he felt he accomplished what he wanted without exerting himself for the entire play.
“I’ve been doing this for a while and sometimes you do that and sometimes you don’t,” Revis said. “It depends on how everything is going, but, like I said, they’re reps. Even though I’m not maybe running that fast or whatever, they’re reps and I know what I need to do.”
Both have come back from torn ACLs.
Revis suffered his season-ending injury with the New York Jets in the second game of 2012 and played all 16 games last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Maclin was hurt at practice on July 27 last year, a few days before the Patriots visited the Eagles for joint practices and an exhibition game and missed last season.
“I think Mac looks great. I think he’s moving around really well,” Foles said. “We just need to give him the ball and plays will come where we can feed him and let him do his thing.”
Revis had his moments against Maclin. He covered him well twice, but drew flags from an officiating crew emphasizing a new rule limiting contact with a receiver.
“We’re trying to learn it just as every other defensive back in the league,” Revis said. “It’s tough, but, at the same time, it’s a new rule.”
The Patriots also had a long touchdown pass, this one from Tom Brady to Kenbrell Thompkins, who was covered well by cornerback Cary Williams.
All appeared peaceful throughout the practice for Williams. After last year’s joint practices, he called the Patriots “cheaters” and added, “It’s a fact that they haven’t won a Super Bowl since Spygate.”
He also was ejected from one of last year’s practices for fighting with Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson and recently stood by his comments.