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Bill Belichick doesn’t stay up late at night worrying about beautiful science of locker room assignments 09.05.16 at 12:30 pm ET
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Offensive lineman Ted Karras is just one of several rookies with a brand new home in the Patriots locker room. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — One of the first notations many make the day after the roster cutdown to 53 players is how the Patriots locker room is laid out.

Which players are locker buddies, which players are grouped together and which player gets a particular location.

Chris Price made note of the significance of Dont’a Hightower getting the corner locker closest to the door, and what it symbolizes in terms of past leaders like Willie McGinest and Jerod Mayo.

There were other noteworthy observations Sunday. There was Cyrus Jones positioned between Logan Ryan and Devin McCourty, taking the hallowed space occupied by another No. 24, Darrelle Revis, in his one season with the Patriots in 2014.

While Tom Brady won’t be around for the first four weeks to help them through, No. 12 has a pair of rookie bookends on either side. To his left is fellow quarterback Jacoby Brissett while Malcolm Mitchell is on his right.

And rookie D.J. Foster has taken residence in the “jinxed” locker located right next to the equipment room and right next to long snapper Joe Cardona. A locker that has had the likes of Jonas Gray, Reggie Wayne, Leonard Hankerson, Donald Brown and Kenbrell Thompkins.

So just how much thought goes into locker room assignments?

“The locker room that we have for the 90-man roster is not big enough for every guy to have his own locker, so we have that corner back there where the players with the least seniority double up and all kind of work together, and then once we get it down to our final roster, as we did this weekend, then that frees up some space and we put the roster players into the groups, where in some cases we had veteran players not on the roster, so it just kind of works out that way,” Bill Belichick explained Monday.

“I don’t think we’re up late into the night on that. I think there may be some benefit to the way it is organized but if that was all there was to it, that’d be great. But I think there is really a lot more to the football team than that. I’m not saying it has no value or it is insignificant, but I wouldn’t put it up there too high on the scale.”

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Darrelle Revis believes Jets can contend for Super Bowl this season 08.15.16 at 9:55 am ET
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Darrelle Revis believes the Jets can contend for the Super Bowl this year. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis believes the Jets can contend for the Super Bowl this year. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl as the cornerback won one in his only season in New England in 2014.

Revis is in his second season back with the Jets and he believes the team has a chance to contend for the Super Bowl in this upcoming season.

“Yeah,” Revis told NJ Advance Media. “We’ve got a lot of talent. We feel very confident with our team overall. The offense is booming, we’ve added some extra pieces, we’ve got Ryan [Fitzpatrick] back. We’re very confident in what we have.”

The Jets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010 and Revis believes they are in much better shape this year with head coach Todd Bowles in his second year.

“It’s very tough having a first-year head coach and just expecting the moon and the stars,” Revis said. “It’s difficult to bank on that, even though you want to go out and win a Super Bowl your first year.

“I think guys this year are much more confident because they’re more comfortable in the things we’re doing on both sides of the ball.”

Revis is 31 years old and had five interceptions last season.

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Jets players shocked Patriots would kick off to start overtime 12.27.15 at 6:19 pm ET
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The Jets were surprised Bill Belichick elected to kick off to open overtime. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Jets were surprised Bill Belichick elected to kick off to open overtime. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It is the latest talking point surrounding the Patriots: Why did Bill Belichick instruct Matthew Slater to say the Patriots wanted to kick the ball off to start overtime?

The Jets themselves may have been more surprised than anyone, as they instantaneously saw their chances of winning depending on preventing the Patriots from scoring a touchdown, to now winning the game with a touchdown of their own, which they did when Eric Decker caught a 5-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick just under three minutes into overtime.

The most surprised player of all may have been captain Calvin Pryor, who was present for the coin toss.

“My face lit up, like ‘You really want to kick the ball?’ I don’t know, but I am glad they did choose to kick,” Pryor said.

“I was confused with what he was talking about because I was thinking [they] were going to receive,” he added.

Pryor said Slater said to referee Clete Blakeman, “We want to kick this way” and then the ball was awarded to the Jets.

“I just knew the refs said we would receive the ball and that is when we ran off the field,” Pryor said.

Also present for the coin toss was Darrelle Revis and like Pryor, he was surprised as well.

“It was kind of — I didn’t expect that to come out of Slater’s mouth,” Revis said. “He said it. I guess that is what they wanted to do.”

Following the game in the Jets locker room, a few members of the team were yelling and mocking the Patriots for their decision.

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Darrelle Revis: Jets ‘did a pretty good job going against a Hall of Fame quarterback’ at 5:43 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis and the Jets beat the Patriots 26-20 in overtime Sunday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and the Jets beat the Patriots 26-20 in overtime Sunday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Being a member of the Patriots for all of last season and winning Super Bowl XLIX, Darrelle Revis knows how tough it is to beat the Patriots.

Following the Jets’ 26-20 overtime win Sunday, Revis took great pride knowing with their win and a Steelers loss, they are one win away against the Bills next week from reaching the postseason.

“We just wanted to keep the pressure on [the Patriots],” Revis said. “I think we did a pretty good job going against a Hall of Fame quarterback [Tom Brady]. You know Tom has had a hell of a career and it’s great to get this win because we need it.”

Revis and Jets defense was able to frustrate Brady for most of the afternoon, as the Patriots didn’t score an offensive touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.

Overall, Brady was 22-for-31 for 221 yards with a touchdown and an interception. In fact, Revis was the one who intercepted Brady in the second quarter, which came in Jets territory. It was a clear miscommunication between Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

“Football is a game of errors. I’m sure I made a couple of mistakes out there too today,” Revis said. “You got to look at the film and make some corrections. It’s just making the play. Our D-line did a great job pass rushing all game. The result of that is a turnover, especially on that play, the d-line got some pressure on Tom and made him throw it maybe quicker than he wanted to throw it.”

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Tom Brady shows Christmas spirit for Darrelle Revis: ‘It was great to have him as a teammate’ 12.24.15 at 12:36 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady wasn’t about to put any proverbial coal in the stocking of Darrelle Revis on Christmas Eve.

The Patriots quarterback held his weekly pre-game press conference on Thursday, a day later than normal, and the first question he was asked by ESPN’s Mike Reiss was whether his opinion of the likely future hall of fame cornerback might have changed. In the offseason, it was Revis who said that Brady was with the Patriots when they “did stuff in the past” – a clear reference to Spygate – and “should live with” the four-game suspension handed out by the NFL for his role in Deflategate.

Brady deflected the question at first by simply talking about the greatness of Revis and how he is still playing at a high level.

“It was great to have him as a teammate,” Brady said. “He brings a lot to the defense that he plays on. Played him a bunch of times when he played for the Jets, then Tampa, played him here [in practice], back to the Jets. So, basically played against him every year in some form or fashion. He’s just a great player. I think he does a lot of things really well. It’s fun to watch him play.”

Jets columnist Manish Mehta appeared on Dennis and Callahan Thursday and said that there is a feeling in New York that Revis’ skills are in a “slow decline.” Brady did not share that same sentiment publicly Thursday.

“He as a very unique style. But he certainly locks his guy down. I think that’s pretty impressive to do it for as many years as he has. It’s not a simple scheme for a guy like that because it puts a lot of pressure on those corners. So, it’s like having two offensive tackles that you don’t ever give any help to. Whoever they go up against, they go up against. It’s pretty impressive to see what he’s accomplished this year, what he’s accomplished every year. He’s a great player.”

Reiss followed up and asked Brady if his personal feelings about Revis had changed since he left for the Jets.

“No, nah,” Brady answered.

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Manish Mehta on D&C: ‘You’re seeing a slow decline in Darrelle Revis’ at 9:07 am ET
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New York Daily News Jets columnist Manish Mehta joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about Darrelle Revis and also a column he wrote Thursday, claiming there is a “rift” between Revis and Tom Brady. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Mehta, who has covered Revis back to when he was back with the Jets at the beginning of his career, admitted Revis isn’t the same player he once was.

“He’s not the best cornerback in the league anymore and I would be the first to admit that,” he said. “I thought that he could still be that this year because he played at a very high level on defense a year ago and he has come down the mountain. I’ve always said that if you’re a player like Darrelle Revis, that are very special players, best at their position for X amount of years, the most physical thing to digest as a player is when you take that step down from being the best at that particular position to being very good, or still being great maybe, but being closer to the pack, or with the pack. That to me is more of an ego burn than anything.

“Eventually players are going to be not close to what they were at their peak, but it’s a slow decline and I think you’re seeing a slow decline in Darrelle Revis. Don’t get me wrong, I still think he’s a top 10 cornerback. He isn’t a guy that is going to get torched left and right, but he’s clear a player who doesn’t instill that type of fear that he did back in 2009.”

In Mehta’s column Thursday, he looked back at Revis and Brady after their first meeting where Brady barely stopped to shake Revis’ hand after the game.

“I thought it was strange,” Mehta said. “I didn’t think that probably was a way he would handle dealing with a guy who he was friends with or didn’t have a problem with.”

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Todd Bowles thinks Malcolm Butler is ‘probably the best [cornerback] in the league’ 12.22.15 at 4:26 pm ET
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Malcolm Butler comes away with one of the two Patriots' interceptions on Sunday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Malcolm Butler comes away with one of the two Patriots interceptions on Sunday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — On a week when there’s been almost non-stop talk about Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, Jets head coach Todd Bowles thinks maybe people should be paying more attention to what’s going on in New England with a second-year cornerback.

Bowles has been bowled over with the effort and execution of Malcolm Butler. The Jets coach believes that Butler, along with Logan Ryan, has been a big reason the Patriots defense has emerged as one of the best in football over the last two months since the Jets last played them at Gillette Stadium.

“Their defense has been playing outstanding and those two corners are a big part of it,” Bowles said.

“They were good then,” Bowles said of Butler and Ryan Tuesday in a conference call with New England media. “Malcolm’s probably the best in the league. He shows up. He takes the best [receiver]. They can play zone, they can play man. They’re both big. They’re physical. They can tackle.”

Some of this may be an effort to soften up Butler, who covered Eric Decker in the first meeting on Oct. 25. It was a good back-and-forth battle all day as Decker caught six balls on 12 targets for 94 yards. It was Ryan who covered Brandon Marshall, who caught four balls on seven targets for 67 yards. Neither receiver had a touchdown.

When it comes to secondary play, Bowles, a former defense coordinator, can really appreciate a good corner who plays well and studies harder.

“He studies the game,” Bowles said. “He’s not just a man corner, he’s a zone corner, too. He’s feisty. He has very good technique, which is rare. He’s got great hand-eye coordination. He reads the ball. He accepts all challenges. You can tell he works at it. I enjoy watching him play.”

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