New England Patriots Should Avoid Darrelle Revis

By philipalexander
Darrelle Revis
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Many people didn’t know what Darrelle Revis would look like coming off of a torn ACL. It’s been two weeks into the regular season, and Revis has played at his usual high level. With that in mind, Tom Brady should do whatever he can to avoid throwing Revis’ way.

One reason to avoid Revis is because of the mediocrity of the passing game. Brady has struggled mightily to get anything going without tight end Rob Gronkowski. The absence of his best red zone target has left Brady and the New England Patriots‘ offense without a way to score many touchdowns. So now it’s all about moving up the field and at least getting a field goal out of various drives. To do that, Brady has to avoid making any mistakes. One of those mistakes would involve constantly targeting a young wide receiver on Revis’ side of the field. Mistakes like that might cost Brady an interception, something that he cannot afford.

Revis figures to cover rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson most of the time. This is because Revis lines up on the left side of the defensive formation, and Dobson lines up on the right side of the offensive formation. Although Dobson showed some good separation skills against the New York Jets, Brady cannot expect his young receiver to consistently get open against the game’s best cornerback.

It might be a waste anyway, as Dobson is not the top wide receiver for the Patriots right now. Julian Edelman is the target monster as the wide receiver who has earned the most trust with his veteran quarterback. Perhaps Revis will cover Edelman, but it wouldn’t be advantageous for Revis to do so because he is more of an outside cornerback. Either way, Brady avoiding Revis will give the Pats’ offense the best chance to succeed.

Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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