The Miami Dolphins host the New York Jets on Sunday in their home-opener. The word is that they may not have to deal with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. This is a guy who has been in the NFL for 5 years, with 4 of those seasons culminating with him in the Pro Bowl. This guy is good, and the rumors are that he has been cleared to play as he has seemingly recovered from a week 1 concussion suffered in their W over the Buffalo Bills.
It seems like it was a mild concussion, but 2 weeks later the word is that he just now passed the concussion tests which would allow him to return to Gang Green (he will be in full practice on Thursday). His absence would clearly be noticeable. In the past Revis has covered Brandon Marshall, and with the way Brian Hartline is tearing up the field in his return from injury we would think he will find himself on Revis Island this Sunday.
Revis vs Hartline is a potentially problematic scenario as rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is sure to look for Hartline many times in this game. They are developing a BFF chemistry in 2012, but Revis has a massive history of shutting down passing games. He even picked of the ‘Phins twice in 2011 (took 1 of those INTs back 100 yards for a Jets TD). In his lone 2012 game Revis picked off Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick so he was beginning this season the same way his career has gone – really well.
Rex Ryan has a solid secondary, but in my opinion that rings really true when Revis is the centerpiece. In 2012 when Revis has been on the field the opposing QBs are completing just 56% of passes vs the Jets (with just 1 TD and 3 INTs)…but…without Revis opposing QBs are completing a whopping (and unacceptable) 74% of passes, plus 4 TDs and 0 INTs.
We are nearing game-day and the word is that Revis has just recently been cleared for contact (within the last hour in fact). In the first of Miami’s 6 AFC East games they may catch a break and avoid the Jets best player, or at least hope he is not 100%. Can that help the ‘Phins earn a key victory? Time will tell…
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