Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets: Darrelle Revis Faces Old Team Week 1
The script is all coming together.
The NFL in its infinite wisdom — or in delivering the no-brainer everyone wants — matched up Darrelle Revis with his former team for Week 1 of the 2013 regular season. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the New York Jets Week 1, it will stimulate conversation on the true value of Revis. It will fuel debates on whether Revis is back and how much better/worse both the Bucs and Jets are after their monster trade.
But first Revis needs to get on the field: Good news is that it’s seeming more and more likely that Revis’ ACL recovery will ready him for the Meadowlands.
“Coach and I have talked about it,” Revis said, via MMQB’s Peter King, “and he’s open to [me playing on an island]. It’ll be predicated on the gameplan. But I think you’ll see it a lot. I might have to dust the cobwebs off, but it’s the way I play best. I’ve said, ‘Coach, this is the way I play best,’ and I think he agrees.”
My assumption is that, even in his first game back, Revis will continue to track opposing team’s best receiver much like he did with Gang Green. On the other side, former teammate Santonio Holmes is also recovering from a season spent mostly on Jets injured reserve, and is expected to be ready for Week 1. A Revis-Holmes matchup is sure to feature plenty of trash talk.
If not, then I would expect Tampa send Revis after Jeremy Kerley, who amid a miserable season for the Jets offense was actually having a very promising 2012 campaign. Either way, Revis would be battling former mates.