Will Darrelle Revis bring his island to the New England Patriots?


With the exit of Aqib Talib (Denver Broncos) the New England Patriots were left with what seemed an unfillable hole in their secondary. That hole was filled on March 12th with the 1 year 12 million dollar signing of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis. The question on many minds is whether or not the 29 year old Revis can return to his stature as an elite cornerback in the National Football League after a lackluster season with the Buccaneers. The first important fact to point out is Revis will be back in the AFC East, except this time he’s on Tom Brady’s team. In 2013 Revis only had 2 interceptions, 1 of them was against a team from what division? You guessed it! The AFC East! So what does this mean? Okay so Im going a little overboard, but to prove at least a small point. 6 games out of the season Revis will be covering recievers being thrown the ball from: Ryan Tannehill, Ej Manuel, and Geno Smith instead of Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. Paying attention yet? Good. Revis was still a solid corner for the most part in a Buccaneers defense that had him playing more zone than man. Matt Patricia, the Patriots Defensive Coordinator, will be more inclined to use Revis as the shutdown corner he is, and let him own his space. Also in his favor is the favorable combination of Dennard, Arrington, Ryan and Mccourty who each bring a skillset that compliment the other and will welcome Revis as a perfect missing piece. Arrington works very well defending slot corners and Mccourty has developed as a solid safety who I expect will take another step in the right direction with some guidance from one of the games best. While Dennard has proven his worth as a solid compliment to a good CB1 as an explosive CB2, Ryan has seemingly more to show Patriots nation and it will be interesting to watch his progression. Add all this together and what do you get? A shutdown, a shutdown, a shutdown and a sack! Or better! Not many factors are pointing in the direction of Darrelle Revis having failure in 2014 with the New England Patriots secondary in my opinion, but then again, that’s why they play the game!

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