If you are obsessed with fantasy football, you probably are already wondering if the recent signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis will help to make the New England Patriots a top-five scoring defense in the 2014 season.
Even though he is only 28 years old, Revis seems like he has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL for decades. From his first season with the New York Jets in 2007, to his last season with New York in 2012, Revis compiled some jaw-dropping statistics. In six seasons with the Jets, Revis had 19 interceptions, 217 solo tackles, 364 interception yards and he returned three interceptions for touchdowns. It is easy to see why fantasy football players are interesting in seeing if Revis can turn this defense into a true powerhouse.
You only have to look at Randy Moss and Wes Welker to see how Bill Belichick can turn your career around. The Patriots’ defense struggled in 2013, ranking 18th in passing yards allowed and a dismal 30th in rushing yards allowed. Revis should help to force more interceptions and improve the overall statistics of the defense.
With an impressive resume, the question everyone wants to know is what kind of impact can Revis really have with his new defense. If you took the best statistics from his career in interceptions, sacks and interceptions converted into touchdowns and added those numbers to the 2013 season of New England, Revis would have made the Patriots the eighth-highest scoring fantasy defense in standard scoring leagues instead of the ninth with 16 additional points. A makeup of a defense is normally completely different from year to year, and there are many variables to consider when projecting the success of a team.
Even though Revis is an exciting player and will help the Patriots defense become even more dominant, he is still only one man. The Patriots still should be able to have a top-10 defense in 2014, but let everyone else use one of their draft picks too early on this defense. Don’t be hypnotized by Revis island heading into August.