NY Jets 2015 Spotlight: Darrelle Revis
Last season with the NY Jets, the return of cornerback Darrelle Revis was a reunion that brought legitimacy back to their defense.
When the announcement last offseason came that Revis would make a triumphant return to the Jets, fans were ecstatic. He brought a sense of legitimacy and veteran knowledge to the Jets’ defensive secondary, especially after coming off a Super Bowl championship season with the New England Patriots.
Revis was able to team up with his old partner in crime Antonio Cromartie as the tandem for the most part last season played relatively well together. They dealt with injuries and a decline in play, but were major upgrades to the Jets considering how terrible their defensive secondary was in 2014.
Last season with the Jets, Revis totaled 30 tackles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He effectively shut down the majority of opposing receiving targets he was assigned to and although wasn’t perfect, held his own against the best coming his way.
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The Jets spent top dollar to bring him back into the mix and it was worth every penny. In addition to his shut-down style of defensive play, he was also serving as a mentor to all the young defensive backs around him since as a collective group, they all got better under Revis.
His leadership and ability to rally his troops to make key adjustments and bring awareness before, during and after football games were priceless. Revis kept everyone in check throughout the heat of battle and will only continue to get everyone better over time.
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While some feel that he’s lost a step either in his speed or coverage skills, he’s still one of the best cornerbacks playing today. He played with a few injuries that hindered his abilities but for the most part, solidified the Jets’ defensive secondary well and all his teachings to those around him should pay off nicely come next season.