The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have a true shutdown corner in Darrelle Revis, and the addition of Revis Island to Tampa will help the Buccaneers do an even better job of defending the Bay. Although the depth at corner isn’t exactly good for the Buccaneers, this is a team with a great safety duo and a cornerback who should still be regarded as the best in the NFL. Richard Sherman and Revis are almost tied, but I want to see how both compare in 2013 before feeling confident in giving Sherman that title.
Anyway, it’s great to see that Revis is on the mend and out of the AFC East, and he’ll always hold the distinction in my eyes as the only guy who could truly shut down Wes Welker in the slot. Revis won’t be playing against the New England Patriots on Friday, but the Pats will see him in the regular season. The Buccaneers do plan on playing Revis in Week 3 of the preseason, which is a bit baffling since rest is more important than playing meaningless preseason snaps for a star player coming off of an ACL tear.
Revis and the Patriots are certainly familiar enemies, with the most familiar player-to-player relationship being between Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis, who most certainly remembers their games of cat and mouse. Revis and Brady are arguably the best players at the respective positions, and one of the things that makes both of them so great is their football IQs.
Brady received some praise from Revis, via ESPN Boston, “Oh yeah. It’s between him and Peyton Manning, but it’s a good race between both of them. They’re both great. I played against both of them. They’re awesome quarterbacks. They’re tough, they’re tough to game plan against as well.”
What Revis is saying is definitely obvious stuff, but I just want to note how much I love Revis as a player. There is no cornerback in this league that I respect more than Darrelle Revis, and he has had an incredible career thus far. I’m also a sucker for a Pitt alumn, and Revis also seems like a pretty classy player too (still hate how Sherman called him “irrelevant”).