Cornerback Darrelle Revis had a rough day against A.J. Green. This has led some to speculate that Revis has lost a step. That remains far from the truth.
Some have said it’s time for the New York Jets to consider moving cornerback Darrelle Revis to safety. It’s not the time to move him off of the opponent’s best receiver or to safety just yet.
Since last season, Revis has let many elite receivers “beat him.” Are they beating the real Revis Island or a different version of Revis? He played most of 2015 with a wrist injury.
Subsequently, in the offseason, he had surgery to repair it. However, it appears that he’s still bothered by the injury. There’s a common line in the NFL used by coaches and commentators, “The eye in the sky don’t lie.”
Revis has never had elite speed. In fact, his 40-yard dash time was 4.38, not exactly Deion Sanders-like. When you look at the highlights and film, you see something very peculiar with the way Revis covered wide receiver A.J. Green. He’s not playing a typical Revis-like bump-and-run coverage.
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As a result of not having top speed, Revis has used bump-and-run to slow down receivers at the line of scrimmage for his entire career.
Why didn’t he against Green, a player whom he would normally employ this strategy against?
Perhaps he still doesn’t feel like the wrist is 100%.
Even on the spectacular catch, Green made with 10:47 left in the 4th quarter, Revis played up on the line but didn’t bump him to slow his route down.
He was stride for stride with Green, and the ball was placed in a spot where only Green could catch it.
He played the same way in Buffalo as he did against Green. In addition, in the game against the Bills, he was in better position than speedster Marquise Goodwin to catch the football.
You can look at advanced coverage stats or traditional stats if you want. Regardless of what they say, they can’t see what the film sees. In short, Revis is merely playing differently, and the receivers are taking advantage of his lack of elite speed.