Darrelle Revis says he has no interest in using this season with the Patriots as a chance to show the rest of the NFL, and particularly those younger cornerbacks who have tried to lay claim to his title as the best in the league at the position, that he remains king of corners.

A season largely lost to a torn ACL, and a subsequent one spent on a bad team in Tampa Bay, plus Seattle’s Richard Sherman talking his way into the national consciousness, Sherman and Cleveland’s Joe Haden getting huge new contracts, and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson waiting for his payday, all led to Revis being shoved out of the cornerback spotlight.

If any of it bothers Revis, now a member of the Patriots after being released by the Buccaneers in March — he signed a one-year deal with New England within hours of parting with Tampa Bay — he won’t say.
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But friend and mentor Ty Law will certainly say it for him.

“He’s definitely out there with something to prove because of all the guys getting the big contracts, and he was down in Tampa Bay as a forgotten guy,” Law said. “He’s still thinking, ‘Wait a minute, I’m still top dog.’ And he wants to win, that’s the most important thing.”

And Revis’s former Jets teammate Damien Woody will say it for him, too.

“No question,” Woody said. “I’m sure he’s looking, seeing the coverage Sherman is getting, new contracts for Haden and [potentially] Peterson, and saying, ‘Wait a minute. What’s all this talk of this guy, that guy being better than me?’ ”

Revis gave a slight shake of his head when he was asked about feeling he has something to prove after one of the Patriots’ organized team activity practices last month.

“No, I don’t feel like I have to prove nothing to anybody. The only thing I have to prove is to my teammates, that I’m there for them and I’m there to win games and help us win,” he said. “All that other stuff, it really don’t matter. It really doesn’t. Anybody can say anything; it is what it is. I respect all those guys, I really do. I respect them all.”

When he was with the Jets, the team that traded up to take him 14th overall in 2007, Revis quickly became a Pro Bowler, and he was named All-Pro for the first time in 2009.

Rex Ryan, who took over as head coach in New York that same season, said repeatedly during their years together that Revis was the best cornerback in the NFL, and also that Revis’s 2009 performance was the best season ever produced by a corner.