New England Patriots superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis was the biggest name to sign with a new team this offseason, and that’s a not a light statement considering that Jairus Byrd and some top players in the trenches also moved teams this offseason. But Revis is arguably the NFL’s best cornerback (he and Richard Sherman are basically interchangeable at this point with varying strengths and weaknesses), and I think he’ll claim the top spot by the time his first season in New England is over.
Revis was never expected to be tested much during training camp, but he was actually beat by a nice catch from Kenbrell Thompkins yesterday. Today, though, he intercepted Tom Brady on a pass to Julian Edelman and was absolutely dominant. It’s only training camp, but it’s always exciting to hear about a new superstar wowing his new team. According to the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels, Revis “stole the show” at training camp today, and he quipped that the “island was strong”.
Bill Belichick’s No. 1 goal against opposing passing attacks is to take away the other team’s best weapon, which is why the Patriots were so good at stopping the opposition’s top receiver last year but struggled against No. 2 wideouts. With Revis, the Patriots can take out the other team’s best player with the best shutdown corner in the game, thus allowing Belichick to be more creative with blitzes. Revis will allow Devin McCourty, Brandon Browner, Logan Ryan, and the other defensive backs to be more aggressive, which could lead to more turnovers (blitzing and turnovers are two more things Belichick really likes).