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‘Revis Island’ is deteriorating

13 Sep

A coup is in full force at Revis Island.  The once secluded region where anyone who dared trespass Darrelle Revis’ territory would pay severe penalties, is now being routinely invaded.

After Revis got torched by Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins in Week 17 of last season to the tune of 11 catches for 136 yards, all of a sudden the once invincible Jets cornerback appeared strikingly dare I say it “human.”

However, it came to be known that Revis was playing hurt after he underwent offseason wrist surgery which required 2-3 months of rehabilitation.  No matter, Revis would recover and be back to his dominant self for the start of the 2016 season right?  Wrong.  Very wrong.

Instead, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green had an even more dominating performance against Revis than Watkins had in Week 17.  Andy Dalton targeted Green 10 times when being defended by Revis, connecting each time for a total of 152 yards and a 54-yard touchdown that came on a busted coverage with Revis expecting help over the top that never came.

Dalton’s passer rating when targeting Revis came out to 152.1, a near perfect score (158.3 is perfect), unheard of for the once prodigious cornerback.

In previous years, opposing team’s No. 1 wide receivers would be an afterthought to the Jets thanks to Revis.  Star-studded receivers like Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, Roddy White and Chad Johnson would go up against Revis and leave wondering why their production that day attributed to almost nothing.

It’s why the Jets, after initially trading Revis following the 2012 season, brought him back on a five-year $70 million deal that included $39 million in guarantees.  No cornerback in the NFL could do what Revis could.

But for two straight games, he’s looked as impotent as he’s ever had since being drafted in the first round out of Pittsburgh in the 2007 NFL draft.

There’s a chance Revis’ last two regular season performances could simply be blips on the radar screen, but you can best be sure the fear that once consumed opposing quarterbacks and receivers toward No. 24 has all but disintegrated.

 
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