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Darrelle Revis doesn’t get respect he deserves

Jun 14, 2016; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) answers questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) answers questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York jets made waves by bringing one of the greatest players in franchise history back to the team last season. Yet cornerback Darrelle Revis still doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

One of the most polarizing players in all of football is cornerback Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets. Infamously known across the league as “Revis Island”, he got some more recognition recently by being named the 24th best player in all of football in NFL Network’s “Top 100” players countdown.

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Now Revis’ selection has led to a bit of controversy recently about arguably the Jets’ greatest player in franchise history. The narrative around the NFL is that the Jets overpaid for Revis’ services and that they paid for old goods.

Basically that the Jets paid for his past history and not for his future playing career, which by the way is completely false. Revis had an outstanding 2015 season that was mitigated by a few poor performances.

In particular his outings in Weeks 11 and 17, in which the Jets played the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills. In those games, Revis gave up some big plays to Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins.

The highlight reel isn’t pretty, Hopkins and Watkins are some of the best up and coming young talents in the league. To give the full scope, Watkins had 11 receptions for 136 yards in the regular season finale against Buffalo.

But the red marks on his report card shouldn’t hinder the A+ in the rest of his classes. For example, Revis single-handedly had nine combined turnovers during the 2015 season.

Revis had the most fumble recoveries in the league with four and he had the most interceptions (five) since his 2009 season. Sure did Revis have a few hiccups along the way? Of course he did and Revis may be a bit older and sure, maybe he isn’t as fast as he used to be, but he’s still one of the game’s elite corners.

The metrics speak for themselves, Revis has a unique ability to adapt and his film-studying habits are unrivaled. So be rest assured that there is no buyers remorse on the Jets side of things, after inking Revis to a 5-year $70M contract with $39M guaranteed.

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Training camp is still several weeks away and head coach Todd Bowles revealed that Revis should be ready to go sometime during camp. Overall, expect to see Revis pickup exactly where he left off this upcoming season with the Jets.

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