New England Patriots elite cornerback and Miami Dolphins talented deep threat Mike Wallace have engaged in some friendly back-and-forth praise ahead of the opener pitting both AFC East rivals against each other, and the messages sent across the aisle between both players makes us believe that Revis will spend most of his time covering Wallace, who is the Dolphins most talented wideout. Revis is best-utilized on an island with the opponent’s best wideout at all times, because he has the ability to shutdown any wideout. He can also be used in a Richard Sherman-type role on one side of the field, which is how the Patriots used him plenty of times this offseason.
According to WEEI’s Christopher Price, Revis stated that Wallace is “probably the fastest receiver in the league”, and it’s high praise indeed coming from the league’s best CB in man coverage. Revis has faced plenty of swift wideouts during his time in the league, but he doesn’t exactly struggle against speed. Wallace will have to find ways to hook up with impending breakout QB Ryan Tannehill, because it isn’t exactly easy to beat top-notch free safety Devin McCourty vertically either; only CB Brandon Browner is truly vulnerable to getting beat deep on the outside.
It will be interesting to see how Bill Belichick uses Revis, because even though he likes taking away the opponent’s most important weapon, the Dolphins have so many talented pass-catchers that they can spread the ball anywhere. Charles Clay is a matchup nightmare at TE, Wallace is as fast as they come, Brian Hartline is as reliable as they come, Jarvis Landry is a poor man’s Anquan Boldin, and Brandon Gibson should be underrated at your own risk. The Patriots have plenty of CBs to pit against the Dolphins receivers and have the personnel to contain Clay, but it’s still going to be a tough battle for both sides.