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Darrelle Revis embraces positional change

Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) argue during the first half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) argue during the first half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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For the New York Jets, arguably their best player in franchise history is cornerback Darrelle Revis. So understandably, it’s going to be tough when inevitably he makes change to safety.

Is it time for the New York Jets to move Darrelle Revis to safety? So this isn’t the first time the topic has been brought up for the All-Star cornerback, based on what happened last season. Revis is a very proud player and one that has marketed himself better than any other player in NFL history. So with that being said, when the topic was brought up in a recent interview on WFAN in New York, Revis’ response was somewhat surprising:

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“There will probably be conversations in the future about maybe moving my position to safety,” Revis said Thursday, per Connor Hughes of NJ.com. “But as of right now, I still feel I can play at a high level, and play the cornerback position at a high level.”

Revis feels he can play at a high level, because he still can. Revis was elite last season, the stats speak for themselves, but he has lost a step. He’s entering the second year of a five-year, $70M contract.

Many fans have criticized Revis for his multiple contract holdouts and have labeled him “Me”vis in the past. So for Revis to be able to recognize his own limitations as a player and to be able to check his ego at the door is surprising to say the least.

Revis still has another two to four years of elite cornerback play before he ever has to consider a move to safety, on top of that, the Jets are pretty stacked at the safety position. Calvin Pryor is a rising star and Marcus Gilchrist is a seasoned veteran with a knack for taking the ball away.

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After that interview Revis had with WFAN, of course we had to get head coach Todd Bowles‘ opinion on the matter.

These quotes are provided by the Media Relations Department of the Jets:

On if he has talked to Revis about possibly moving to the safety position in the future…

No, we haven’t had that conversation.

On if he sees the position change in Revis’ future…

I see him playing corner right now. I don’t see a future, right now I just see the present.

On what it takes for a cornerback to make that transition to safety…

Longevity for one, you have to be able to tackle and it all depends on how well you read and communicate. Everybody is different, some can do it. Some can’t.

We’ve seen several successful cases from Charles Woodson to Rod Woodson make the transition, coincidentally both players are future Pro Football Hall of Famers. The same can be said for Revis’ career trajectory and if anyone can make the transition, it’s him.

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It’s a fun conversation to have in training camp and during preseason football, while Revis continues to rehab/recover from offseason wrist surgery. But it’s not something Revis or the front office of the Jets are strongly considering anytime in the near future.

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