|Darrelle Revis confidant: ‘He doesn’t want to play anymore’||11.30.16 at 9:31 pm ET|
Darrelle Revis not only didn’t look like himself on Sunday against the Patriots, but hasn’t looked himself all year.
Well, maybe there is a reason why.
“He’s done,” a Revis confidant told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. “If he had his way, he’d be done right now. He doesn’t want to play anymore. He’s made a lot of money.”
“He tanked it.” the confidant added.
Revis wasn’t great Sunday against Tom Brady and the Patriots as he allowed both of Brady’s touchdown passes.
After the game, Revis said he was surprised how much the Patriots went after him.
“This time he attacked me a little bit more than I expected, but at the same time it’s football. He has to execute and I have to execute better on my end,” the cornerback said.
After the 2014 Super Bowl-winning season with the Patriots, Revis signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets.
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|Patriots players seem to be making excuses for Darrelle Revis’ poor play||11.28.16 at 2:41 pm ET|
It looks like a few Patriots players are doing Darrelle Revis a favor following the Patriots’ 22-17 win over the Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Revis’ poor season continued against the Patriots when he was in coverage on both of Tom Brady’s touchdown passes — both going to rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.
The second one came with less than two minutes to play in the game and proved to be the game-winning score with the Patriots trailing by one at the time.
Brady didn’t pick on Revis all game, but did say it appeared Revis was played banged up.
“He’s still very competitive out there,” Brady said on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning. “I think he’s still — when I watched the film after the game — he’s still close on a lot of plays. We made some good throws and catches on him. I thought the one that Julian made late in the game was really critical. We were second-and-10, backed up, we needed to go down and score points. Jules did a good job separating from him.”
Added Brady: “I know he’s not feeling great. I could see after the game, he winced a few times getting up. It looked like his leg was bothering him a little bit. But he’s still very close on a lot of those plays. Even though you’re hitting them, he’s still very competitive. He’s been one of the great players in the league for a long time. He’s given up more plays this year than in the past, but you’ve gotta have a lot of respect for his style and his game.”
Julian Edelman also had a productive day, as he was matched up across from Revis on a few plays. Edelman finished with eight catches for 83 yards, but he too didn’t throw Revis under the bus.
“You could definitely see he’s still a great player, don’t get me wrong,” Edelman said on OM&F. “He’s still instinctive, he knows the game of football and he still makes it tough for you. Has he lost a step or two? I don’t know, maybe. There’s nothing but respect for a guy like him who has played as long as he has at such a high level. His standards are so much higher than everyone and he goes down and plays like a corner, a solid corner, everyone is looking down on him.
“I’m not trying to defend him or anything, but playing with him and having him as a friend, you just see that it’s tougher over there now probably with how things are going. He just didn’t have that last burst, but you still respected him and realize if you get sloppy with the route he can still take advantage of you.”
|Darrelle Revis: Tom Brady attacked me more than I anticipated||11.27.16 at 8:57 pm ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — At age 31, Darrelle Revis isn’t the same player that he was a few years ago, as he has been attacked much more this year than any other in his career.
The trend continued Sunday against the Patriots as Revis allowed both of Tom Brady’s touchdown passes, both coincidentally to rookie Malcolm Mitchell.
In the second quarter, Brady initially dropped the snap, but picked it up quickly and found Mitchell on a crossing pattern in the back of the end zone. Then, with the Patriots trailing by a point in the fourth quarter with just under two minutes remaining, Brady found Mitchell on an out route for an 8-yard touchdown to give the Patriots the win.
“Me and Tom, we definitely have a mutual respect for eachother and I definitely know he likes to compete as much as me,” Revis said. “If you look at me and our matchups against eachother, he’s had his fair share of touchdowns thrown on me and I’ve had my fair share of interceptions. It’s something of two guys just being very competitive.
“This time he attacked me a little bit more than I expected, but at the same time it’s football. He has to execute and I have to execute better on my end.”
Revis said on the final touchdown he was guarding against the inside and didn’t take much responsibility.
“Zero coverage,” Revis said. “We have to protect the inside. There’s no middle safety on the field. Protecting the inside and they ran an out route. Great execution by those guys seeing what coverage we were in and basically executing when they needed to.”
|Scouting Report: What you have to know about Patriots-Jets||11.26.16 at 8:55 am ET|
Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to Sunday’s game between the Jets and Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
WHEN THE PATRIOTS RUN THE BALL
Behind LeGarrette Blount (201 carries, 802 yards, 12 touchdowns), New England has been effective at running the ball many times over the course of the 2016 season. This Sunday will not be one of those times. For all their drawbacks in other areas, the Jets are one of the best run defenses in the league. New York is fourth in the league against the run, allowing an average of 85.4 rushing yards per game. Only three teams have topped 100 yards on the ground against the Jets (Arizona, Miami and Los Angeles). And so with so many other offensive options, it wouldn’t make sense for the Patriots to lean too heavily on Blount this weekend, at least outside of potential red zone opportunities. (What’s that phrase about the point of diminishing returns?) New England might offer an occasionally different look with the likes of Dion Lewis, who played his first game of the year last week against the Niners and had five carries for 23 yards. Not to suggest that Lewis has the potential to be overwhelming against New York — it’s only to suggest he might be able to provide a different way to attacking a stout Jets’ run defense.
WHEN THE PATRIOTS PASS THE BALL
This is where New England will make its’ stand. The Patriots remain one of the best and most diverse passing attacks in the game, as Tom Brady (145-for-206, 70 percent, 1,915 yards, 16 TDs, 1 INT, 123.3 passer rating) continues to make a legit MVP push despite missing the first four games of the season. While he played coy about his availability on Friday, expect him to go Sunday. Rob Gronkowski’s (25 catches, 36 targets, 540 yards, 3 TDs) status is a question mark this week because of the chest injury he suffered against the Seahawks, all part of a group of pass catchers who are a little banged up going into this game. Martellus Bennett (39 catches, 49 targets, 518 yards, 4 TDs) has been dealing with an ankle issue for several weeks, while Julian Edelman’s (56 catches, 88 targets, 534 yards, 2 TDs) foot also earned him a spot on the injury list and Chris Hogan’s (19 catches, 30 targets, 391 yards, 2 TDs) back was bad enough to keep him out of last week’s game. (He’s listed as questionable for Sunday.) Danny Amendola (19 catches, 24 targets, 205 yards, 4 TDs) and Malcolm Mitchell (11 catches, 20 targets, 193 yards, 1 TD) could be asked to do more than usual once again. In addition, there’s always the chance that Lewis gets more work as a target out of the backfield as well. On the other side, the Jets are 19th in the league against the pass, having yielded an average or 261 passing yards per contest. We’ve already established the fact that old pal Darrelle Revis ain’t what he used to be. Four of their 10 opponents have topped 300 yards passing this season, including Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Ben Roethlisberger and Josh McCown. Leonard Williams leads the team in sacks with six, while Marcus Gilchrist and Marcus Williams had two interceptions each. The truth is that even with the passing game a little banged up, this remains a winnable matchup for New England.
|Tom Brady praises Darrelle Revis, but acknowledges he can be taken advantage of||11.25.16 at 3:45 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady has played against Darrelle Revis for nine seasons and then spent 2014 going up against him in practice every day.
Therefore, he knows him better than most quarterbacks and because of that, Brady has seen he’s vulnerable his season when it comes to defending the deep-ball.
“I think you evaluate your options,” Brady said Friday. “There have been some balls caught deep. A.J. Green caught one. Marquis Goodwin caught one. Kenny Britt caught one. You watch the film and if we have an opportunity, if someone’s back there and I see it, obviously, that’s kind of a quarterback, and that’s come up quite a few times this year where maybe someone’s not the intended receiver and you go, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re running past him,’ and then you just try to lay it out there.
“And our guys have pretty good speed, so if they’re trying to sit on things, you’ve got to throw it by them, and if they’re backing off, you’ve got to throw it underneath them, so that’s just the cat and mouse game that you play with a lot of good players. But he’s a guy that always kind of takes things away and he knows our guys and I’m sure we’ll get his best this week. I’m sure of that.”
Even though he may not be having his best season and is showing signs of getting older, Brady still remembers what a great player he’s been over the years.
“He’s a phenomenal player, so everybody has up and down games, but he’s been one of the best for a long time,” he said. “I think you always have to have a lot of respect for that and what his abilities are. Playing against him and practicing against him every day when he was here, he’s an incredible player and he’s been that way since he came into the league in 2007. His coverage ability is different than a lot of corners because he does everything. He goes inside, outside. He’s locked down a lot of people over the years. It’s pretty amazing just what he’s able to do.
“Outside of scheme help, there was never any scheme help for him. He was just, ‘I got you and I’m going to take you out of the game.’ He always gets everyone’s best player and those guys always come out of the game with hardly any catches, so it’s pretty amazing.”
In the last meeting between Brady and Revis, Revis picked him off as the Jets beat the Patriots in overtime last December.
|Darrelle Revis: Tom Brady ‘probably best quarterback to ever step on the field’||11.23.16 at 7:57 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Former Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis said Wednesday that quarterback Tom Brady is “probably the best quarterback to ever step on the field,” but welcomed the challenge of trying to stop him when the two teams meet Sunday afternoon in North Jersey.
“There’s no difference in his game,” Revis said of Brady’s approach over the years. “I know a lot of people say he came back with a chip on his shoulder. He’s the ultimate competitor. He’s always been that way since he stepped in the league and he’s continuing his legacy as being probably the best quarterback to ever step on the field.”
He added: “Every year, he’s proven himself. Every year, I mean, they’re one of the best teams in the NFL. His legacy speaks for itself. Like I said, he’s probably the best quarterback to step on the field, ever.”
Revis spent a year with the Patriots in 2014, and said he learned a lot from Brady that season.
“I just feel he’s a very intelligent football player,” Revis said. “He studies the game like no other. He just works, man. He comes in working and he comes in and challenges guys. I mean, he called me out a few times when we were teammates: ‘I’m coming at you today, [Revis].’ He challenges guys like a leader should. That definitely speaks to how successful he’s been in this league.”
That year, the challenge of facing a Hall of Fame quarterback every day helped take Revis to a new level.
“It’s good to be around that camaraderie and it’s good to be around and play with a Hall of Famer,” Revis said of Brady. “He’s definitely a first-ballot Hall of Famer. It’s guys that can feed off each other’s energy that are great players and just compete and play against one another.”
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|Bill Belichick: ‘I’d never underestimate’ Darrelle Revis||at 9:43 am ET|
FOXBORO — While there’s some question as to whether or not Darrelle Revis has struggled this year, Bill Belichick will not speak ill of the former Patriots cornerback.
Before practice on Wednesday, Belichick was asked what he’s seen from the 31-year-old Revis this season, a year where he’s posted no interceptions and just two passes defensed.
”I’d never underestimate that player,” Belichick said of Revis, who played in New England in 2014 before returning to the Jets.
“Well, just go back to our game. Big interception against us down there,” Belichick added, referencing an interception Revis had against the Patriots last year. “He’s got good skills, good competitor. I would never underestimate him.”
In 13 career games against the Patriots, Revis has three interceptions.
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