Darrelle Revis would be wise to not play in Week 5
As the New York Jets prepare for their Week 5 matchup on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it would be in the best interest of cornerback Darrelle Revis to not play.
At this point in time, cornerback Darrelle Revis is dealing with a hamstring injury. As per the Media Relations Department of the New York Jets, he’s currently listed as “doubtful” heading into their Week 5 matchup on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Unfortunately for Revis, it’s evident that he’s clearly not the same defensive player we all grew to love over the years. His days of being an elite shutdown cornerback in the NFL seem to be dwindling faster than a New York minute.
The Jets spent top dollar reuniting with him last offseason but they got a version of Revis that has lost a step. He doesn’t have that speed anymore to keep up with the top receiving targets in the NFL and as much as the Jets want to give him safety support, the truth of the matter is he will only continue to decline.
Heading into a huge Week 5 matchup against the Steelers, it’s best Revis take another week or two off to heal up his hamstring before it becomes season-ending. With wide receiver Antonio Brown ready to completely torch the defensive secondary of the Jets, it’s best Revis sits out of this one since he’ll more than likely be embarrassed yet again.
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So far this season, Revis has totaled just 13 tackles and zero interceptions. He’s been targeted a plethora of times by opposing quarterbacks as to which it’s been remarkably successful.
Revis will always be a fierce competitor at heart and of course, will be a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but with this hamstring injury and the inability to be a dominating cornerback, he’s entering the latter parts of his prolific career.
Perhaps the Jets might want to consider moving him to safety when he’s medically cleared to play in order to see if that will help him bounce back.
At the rate he’s going, though, 2016 will more than likely be one of the worst seasons of his career. Perhaps it’s simply him dealing with that nagging wrist injury this past offseason and now his hamstring but at any rate, Revis should not suit up this week.
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Overall, Revis will always be remembered as one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play the game. Similar to what happened with quarterback Peyton Manning towards the end of his career, the writing is on the wall that age, injuries, and a decline in play are starting to define the final years of it all.