Unfortunately for the New York Jets, cornerback Darrelle Revis isn’t the same player he once was. It’s time to prepare for Revis Island turning into Revis Landing Strip.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis is a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. He is arguably the greatest corner to play the game of football. Unfortunately, Revis is not that now and that’s ok. He consistently won’t be able to shut down one-half of a football field without safety help. Fans of the New York Jets are so accustomed to seeing that from Revis that any drop off would be clearly notable.
He is going to have his games when some of the great wide receivers in the NFL will beat him or a speedy receiver who was qualifying to compete in the Olympics for track and field beats him. Every good corner in the league gets beat, and again, that’s ok.
Revis will have his games of greatness. There will be times this season where Revis will shut down receivers, make key tackles, or knock a crucial pass down. Make no mistake about it, he is not ancient and is still physical. He’s got a great mind and understanding of the position and the game itself.
Head coach Todd Bowles just needs to be mindful that he will need safety help for once in his career on particular matchups. It’s inevitable and not a knock on Revis but again, even the great ones need help from time to time.
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We also witnessed against the Buffalo Bills, Revis doing something we have never really seen from him before.
On a consistent basis, Revis was playing off the receiver in coverage.
It’s going to take time playing a totally different way of football and again, that’s okay.
Revis is known for his physical presence playing tight coverage in man to man.
No one does this forever and Revis did it at an elite level for a very long time. Give the guy a break and let the season play out as there is still a ton of football left to be played.
Revis still has a lot of fight left in him before possibly having a career at safety. If he makes the transition to safety, he might very well turn things around and end his career on a high note.
Overall, Revis will show he can still play at a high-level as he’ll come around as the season progresses. He’s been great throughout his entire career, he’s having some issues but it’s only a matter of time before he returns to form this season.