According to beat writer Ben Volin, New England Patriots star Darrelle Revis has strictly been positioned at left corner through 10 training camp practices.
Essentially, the Patriots’ are rehearsing like the 28-year-old Revis won’t focus on blanketing an opposition’s premier receiver in 2014.
Revis, who was inked to replace Aqib Talib, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in September 2012 against the Dolphins in Miami.
Certain that his surgically-repaired knee is healed, New England and Revis agreed to a two-year deal worth $32 million on March 12.
As a 2013 Buccaneer (4-12), Revis flourished once Greg Schiano finally began using him in man, rather than zone, coverage in early November.
A three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, Revis provides shadow coverage in the secondary and can prevent an offense from functioning properly.
Schiano prematurely extinguished football in the “Cigar City” by misusing Revis for in excess of two months.
Signing a six-year contract estimated at $96 million, Revis could have helped Tampa Bay reach the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.
Instead, the Bucs fielded the league’s 21st ranked defense and finished sitting in the basement of the NFC South with Atlanta.
The 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year only recorded two interceptions and 43 tackles over 16 contests.
Revis’ numbers and performances looked pedestrian because Schiano proved to be completely rudderless.
Meanwhile, New England (12-4) captured another AFC East crown and sported the 10th stingiest defense.
Paired with towering cornerback Brandon Browner, Revis and the Patriots should be very difficult to beat in the air.
With Browner allowed to resurface versus the Cincinnati Bengals on October 5, perhaps Foxborough will remain “Revis Hemisphere” throughout the autumn.
Ultimately, regardless of how he’s utilized, Darrelle Revis is going to be an absolutely dominant Patriot.