|Nick Caserio says Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner don’t signal change in ‘D’ philosophy||07.27.14 at 1:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner were brought into the fold by the Patriots in the offseason, there was a presumption that the Patriots were about to alter their defensive approach somewhat, perhaps going with a more physical attack at the line of scrimmage and playing more pure bump-and-run.
But on Sunday, Patriots director of personnel Nick Caserio clarified that thinking. He said Revis and Browner help the Patriots do more defensively but won’t change their overall approach.
“I think our philosophy is the same every year,” Caserio said. “We try to look at our team, try to improve our team and do what we think is in our best interest. Both guys have been successful in their systems that they’ve played in. They’re in a new system with a new team. No real change in terms of what we look for. Their measurables may be a little bit different but there’s really no change in terms of how we approach it.
“No, I think we just look at our team and we try to find players that we think are going to help our football team, regardless of who they played for, regardless of where they come from,” Caserio insisted. “I mean, really it has no bearing on it.”
But Caserio did admit that when you have a special player like Revis, a defense can perform at a different level because it can do different things.
“When we go into a game, really each week, the game plan changes week to week,” Caserio said. “So, you figure out who you’re playing against, what are we trying to stop, what are we trying to take away? Then the game plan is implemented based on those types of things. You try to deploy your players and deploy your assets the best you can. Certain weeks it may be one thing, other weeks it may be another thing.
“So, you really just ‘ whatever their skills, whatever they do well, you try to put them at the position where they can be successful to utilize those. Then look at, ‘OK, who are we playing? OK, how does that particular skill, how does that player match up relative to some other players?’ So, it’s really week to week and it’s really based on the opponent, which those get into some more of the game plan type specific things once we get into the season.”
Caserio maintained Sunday they are not do anything to accommodate Revis in their defense but rather the other way around.
“I think the approach is, ‘What do we need to do to help us win the football game?’ That’s what we’ll try to do ‘ whether it’s offensively, defensively or in the kicking game.”
|Darrelle Revis: I’m in the ‘best shape of my career’||07.25.14 at 5:35 pm ET|
FOXBORO — In his first meeting with the media this summer, Darrelle Revis pronounced himself to be in the “best shape of my career.”
Talking with reporters shortly after the end of Friday’s practice session, the Patriots cornerback said that even after coming back from a devastating knee injury that sidelined him for all but two games in 2012, he wasn’t where he wanted to be physically as a player.
But now, he’s feeling good about his health again.
‘I finished all 16 games last year but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be physically as a player,’ Revis said. ‘This is my first offseason where I could really focus on working out. They say it takes a year and a half, or two (to get back to full strength). I think I’m at a point now, I’m there.
‘I’m back to where I can move around a little better. Last year was really tough coming off the injury — I wasn’t where I needed to be. Now, I’m a little bit more excited. I feel the butterflies a little bit more, and I’m just ready to play and get ready for the season.’
Revis was quizzed as to whether or not he feels the need to reclaim the mantle of best cornerback in the league.
‘I don’t need to prove nothing to anybody. W’s is what matters — more wins than losses. That’s what we want to do as a team,’ he said.
“Everybody is great. Everybody performs well at the professional level. Those are for you guys to rate who’s this and that. It really doesn’t matter to me.’
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|Jerod Mayo after first day of training camp: ‘We really don’t know what we’re capable of’||07.24.14 at 5:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Thursday was like Christmas morning for many Patriots fans as they got their first glimpse of the 2014 squad on the field together for the first time on the first day of training camp.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in team activities (with the exception of 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s) for the first time since tearing his ACL last December, as during OTA’s Gronkowski worked off to the side, not working with the entire offense. Free agent cornerback acquisitions Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, who should strengthen the secondary, took part in their first training camp session as members of the Patriots, and second-year wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins made several nice catches in 7-on-7s.
There was plenty to get excited about, for sure, but it was just Day 1 and the team was in shells and shorts, which made it hard to get a true sense of exactly where the team and individuals stand both skill and scheme wise.
“At this point, we’ve only had one day of practice, so we really don’t know what we’re capable of,” linebacker Jerod Mayo said following the workout. “We’re taking it one day at a time and continuing to work towards our goal.”
Much of the talk entering camp has been the additions of Browner and Revis in the secondary. With what already was in place, this could be one of the best secondaries in the Bill Belichick era.
With only one real practice under their belts, it’s hard to really know what their true impact will have on the defense.
“Honestly, it has been one day of practice out here,” Mayo said. “We have a lot of different schemes and plays to put in, so ask me that in a couple of weeks and I’ll let you know.”
Where exactly individuals and units are will become clearer as camp rolls on, beginning over the weekend when the team will wear pads for the first time, with which comes real blocking and tackling.
Like many of the fans, the players are excited.
“Definitely,” said Mayo. “You can only do so much out here with no pads on. Saturday will be a good day, but obviously we have some work to do [Friday] putting some plays in. Saturday will be fun.”
On Thursday’s edition of “Inside Training Camp Live” on NFL Network, analysts Mike Tannenbaum and Solomon Wilcots discussed Darrelle Revis and the kind of difference maker he’ll be with the Patriots this season:
Mike Tannenbaum: ‘Darrelle is one of those players that he has attributes you can’t see; the toughness, the competiveness. He’ll bring a lot to that New England defense’¦You look at some of the teams they’re going to compete against ‘ the Demaryius Thomas‘ of the world and Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Bowe — I think what [Bill Belichick] saw last year in the [AFC] Championship Game was we really struggled getting off the field against Denver. His answer was not only Darrelle Revis but Brandon Browner to couple that with some of the other pieces they have in the secondary. They’re going to try to turn a weakness into a strength, and with Browner and Revis and their physicality, I think it’s going to greatly improve their man-to-man defense.’
Solomon Wilcots: ‘He’s a transformational player. He allows the Patriots to transform their entire defense because he can neutralize the best wide receiver on the opposite side of the ball. He is that kind of player. You just love the fact that when you take a look at Darrelle Revis — and Bill Belichick talked about it — he has a high football IQ; he understands what teams are trying to do to him. He can neutralize the best player simply because he’s probably one of the most fearless cornerbacks I’ve ever seen. When he steps up in the box and that press man-to-man coverage, whether it’s Calvin Johnson, whether it’s A.J. Green, whether it’s Dez Bryant — it doesn’t even enter his mind that what happens when I get beat? I don’t even think it really toys with him that he even thinks I could get beat. There is not even a potential for that to happen in his mind. I think that’s what separates him from the rest of the pack.’
Tannenbaum: ‘You read reports that when he’s working out in Arizona ‘ which he does every year ‘ there were other Patriots down there with him, be it the Kyle Arrington‘s of the world, Logan Ryan, Devin McCourty. Darrelle has attributes you can’t see and when you’re trying to build a championship team on both sides of the ball, that’s really critical. It’s interesting in just his first season, to get that sort of attendance says a lot about the swagger that he has in that locker room.’
|Bill Belichick: I’ve been ‘impressed’ with Darrelle Revis||at 11:36 am ET|
Speaking before the start of the first training camp practice on Thursday morning, Belichick said he’s been “impressed” with the former Jets and Bucs corner who was acquired as a free agent this past offseason.
“He’s worked hard; smart guy,” Belichick said of Revis. “Very professional. Has a good understanding of the game, he’s a smart player and he’s had a real good focus and instinct. He’s a smart player scheme-wise, but he knows how to play. He’s a very instinctive player.
“He played well at Tampa, he played well at the Jets, and then we saw him in the Pro Bowl. Now we’ve seen him ourselves for 13 practices and the time in the spring. But again, it’s a new year. He’s in a new system, so we’ll see how it all plays out. But I’m glad we have him on our team. I look forward to working with him more.”
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|Darrelle Revis on Patriots offseason: ‘They work their butts off in New England’||06.30.14 at 8:45 pm ET|
Although he’s only been a member of the New England Patriots for just over three months, it’s become quite apparent the organization has made a good first impression on their new cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis has already openly praised head coach Bill Belichick after once calling him a “jerk” and quarterback Tom Brady following being division rivals from his time with the Jets — now, following the Patriots’ mini camp he’s admiring the organization as a whole on how they operate.
“They work their butts off in New England,’’ Revis told the Tampa Tribune. “As soon as you get into the offseason program, it’s non-stop. They want to be winners. They know what I can bring to the table and at the same time, we want to win. As a Jet, we had a rivalry with (the Patriots) and from the outside looking in, I looked at them differently.
“We respected them, but you want to beat them. Inside looking out now, I’ve got way more respect because I’m there. I get to see everything, how it operates every day.’’
The 28-year-old said his torn ACL suffered in the opening month of the 2012 season is 100 percent healed after playing through the 2013 season not at full strength, but still earning Pro Bowl honors. Revis said the decision to join the Patriots was based on them giving him a good chance to win.
“I’m really excited,’’ said Revis. “I went down a list of teams where I thought I could win and New England kind of stuck out for me. It’s been great and I can’t wait for training camp.’’
Revis is entering his eighth season in the league and will return to the AFC East after spending just one season in Tampa Bay.
|Julian Edelman talks Darrelle Revis, Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady with NFL Network||06.25.14 at 10:08 am ET|
Julian Edelman appeared on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Monday night, and talked about a wide variety of topics, including Darrelle Revis, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Here are a few quick highlights:
“Darrelle is one of the best corners in the NFL and he showed that in camp. He did very well. He’s a very instinctive player. He’s great in the locker room, I like competing against him every day, and it’s good to have a player like that.”
On Gronkowski possibly playing in Week 1:
“Well, I’m not a doctor or trainer or anything. I see Gronk in the locker room, he’s working hard, doing what he’s trying to do. But when Gronk’s on the field, he’s probably one of the best tight ends in the NFL. It’s always great to have him out there and hopefully he will be.”
On Brady wanting to play until he’s 40:
“It wouldn’t surprise me. Knowing him the way I know him, I am sure he’s just focused on this year. You’re going to have to ask him that. The guy is in here, working hard, preparing to the fullest ability, taking care of his body. So you know that he’ll definitely have a shot to do it.”
On whether Belichick has watched his “Burgertyme” and “Smoothie Tyme” videos:
“You know, I’m sure he did. Because they kind came off his original, I think it was called the Bill PB&J [show] with the two pieces of bread in between with double layers of peanut butter. So I think we actually stole the concept from Bill Belichick.”
On what he remembers from the Patriots’ Week 12 win over the Broncos after being down 24-0 at the half:
“I remember we won. That was a good memory. That we won that one. No, but seriously — at halftime, we couldn’t have done anything worse than what we were putting on the field in the first half. We kind of just took it as, ‘We can’t get any worse than what we did so let’s go out there and just play each series the way we have to and just try to string a couple of consistent drives up,’ and we were able to do that. We played complimentary football in the second half, and came out with the win.”
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