Darrelle Revis, depending on who you ask, is the best cornerback in the NFL. Once a nemesis of the New England Patriots, the former New York Jet is now playing for this prestigious franchise with nothing but winning on the mind. He is just one of the many additions the Patriots made in the offseason, but he may be the biggest game changer of them all.
For the first time in several seasons, the defense is the focal point of training camp discussions and the looming regular season. The standard for this line is already incredibly high, and having Revis in the mix is only increasing the belief that the defense will be one of the best in the league. Essentially, all this weight is on the lone shoulders of Revis, who had what some would call a forgotten year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. We already know that Revis will start at cornerback — one of the few guarantees heading into the regular season — but how he performs once he is on the field is what’s most important, and that’s a tougher questions to answer.
Revis has proved himself since he first entered the league in 2007. Since this time, Revis has appeared in five Pro Bowls, is a three-time All-Pro and was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, among many other awards and honors. Unless disaster ensues, he is a future Hall of Famer the Patriots should consider themselves lucky to have.
For New England, the defense has been once of the toughest codes to crack the past few seasons. The team is constantly competing for a Super Bowl title, but there always seemed to be at least one thing missing on the defense. For a team that at times couldn’t buy a turnover, Revis has the speed, agility and coordination to lead in both interceptions and defensive touchdowns if he plays to his best ability.
Revis has seen little action in the preseason thus far. He made his first appearance with the team last Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the ball was rarely thrown toward his zone, as teams are unwilling to test their skills against his own. If all goes as planned, Revis could be just the thing the Patriots have been looking for on defense.