Darrelle Revis is Still a Top Cornerback in the NFL

Darrelle Revis is still a tremendous player who's worth shouldn't be underestimated.

FLORHAM PARK N.J. - Contrary to popular belief, Darrelle Revis is not done. Has he lost a step? Maybe so. Almost every player has some sort of drop off as they get older and Revis, 31, is no different. Micheal Jordan missed shots and Derek Jeter made errors. But I get it, critics are accustomed to seeing Revis cancel out an opposing wide-out by his lonesome, and can't quite come to grips with seeing a seven-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion get beat the way he has over the past two weeks.

"I think he's made two bad plays," said defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. "Otherwise, he's done pretty good."

The 54-yard touchdown pass to Cincinnati Bengal receiver A.J. Green was a coverage breakdown and even if it wasn't what cornerback in this league wouldn't give up a few plays to Green who is one of the best wide-outs in the game. Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin ran a 4.27 40-yard dash. Revis wasn't able to keep up with Goodwin's speed on the 84-yard deep ball, it happens. You could argue that his technique at the line of scrimmage has declined and by looking at the game film that is a valid argument but still, two plays shouldn't overshadow the many great ones Revis has had over his illustrious career.

"You look at yourself and what you need to correct," said Revis. "There's definitely room for me to improve as well and keep the same approach."

Revis still has plenty left in the tank. Other aspects of his game are underappreciated such as his play against the run. He's always been an exceptional tackler that always wraps up opposing ball carriers. He's always been in good shape physically despite a few major injuries in his career and he showed that by being the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2013.

Revis has to move on and continue to contribute to the team. Getting back to his technique and form is something the Jet faithful can expect to see from Revis this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jeremy Maclin is Kansas City's top receiver, and a veteran who knows how to run routes.

"He's a big time player," Revis said of Maclin. "He's been in Andy Reid's offense for a number of years now."

Teams throughout the league are going to try and test Revis but on any day of the week, 31 teams would love to have him on their roster.

"Every team is going to throw deep balls you've just got to be aware of when its going to happen in the game," said Revis.


Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL), or via email (

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