|Darrelle Revis: I’m a ‘big fan’ of Cordarrelle Patterson||09.11.14 at 6:03 pm ET|
Darrelle Revis said Thursday that he’s a “big fan” of Minnesota’s multidimensional threat Cordarrelle Patterson.
“He’s one of the probably most explosive players in the league — he makes plays in the kicking game, and also on offense,” Revis told reporters after practice on Thursday. “They’re pitching him the ball, tosses, and he’s getting reverses and he’s taking them the distance. He’s a very explosive player.
“We have to know where he’s at at all times,” Revis said of Patterson, who currently has the longest streak of games played with either a rushing or receiving touchdown (six).
Patterson presents a challenge on a number of levels for New England. The second-year receiver is being utilized in a few different roles by the Vikings: In Sunday’s opener against the Rams, he had three catches for 26 yards, as well as three carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also had a pair of kick returns for 48 yards.
It’s debatable how much we’ll see Revis and Patterson go head-to-head on Sunday. Patterson was moved around the Minnesota offense in the Vikes’ regular-season opener, while Revis spent 61 of a possible 62 defensive snaps against Miami on the left side.
But when it comes to team defense, Revis knows he’ll have to do his part when it comes to tracking down and corralling Patterson.
“You’ve got to spot him out at all times,” Revis said, “and know if he’s on the left side of the formation, if he’s on the right side, if he’s motion, is his alignment off the ball, is he in the slot, is he motioning into the backfield. You’ve just got to know where he’s at at all times as a defense, as a whole so we can know where he’s at and get a guy or two in that area.”
But if they do lock up, it presents a unique matchup challenge for Revis for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the 6-foot-2, 216-pound speedster isn’t shy when it comes to the prospect of getting physical.
“I’ve played against my fair share of physical guys. It looks like he’s a very physical, explosive guy. Like I said, I’ve been through my fair share and you put him in that category,” Revis said. “It doesn’t matter who lines up, physical or not physical, you’ve got to go out there and compete.”
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|Rodney Harrison on MFB: NFL ‘trying to get it right’||09.09.14 at 12:39 pm ET|
NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to talk about the Ray Rice situation and the Patriots’ season-opening loss to the Dolphins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
“I think everybody could be in agreement that the NFL got it wrong,” Harrison said. “When I saw the video … I was just mind-boggled by what Ray Rice did. And I think the biggest mistake he made was he didn’t admit to it, he didn’t come out and just flat-out say to the NFL and the commissioner, ‘Hey, I punched her.’ Now I don’t know if he said he pushed her or if he was defending himself. But in a situation like that zero tolerance is needed, and there’s no reason why you ever put your hands on a female, point-blank, period.
“I think the Ravens did the right thing. I think the National Football League did the right thing. It’s just one of those things where it makes me a little nervous, it makes me a little unhappy, just very, very disappointed even talking about it.”
Roger Goodell is facing heavy criticism for the league’s initial two-game suspension. Many have speculated his job in his jeopardy, especially if he had viewed the damning video that TMZ released Monday.
“I don’t know [how Goodell comes out of this]. I don’t know right now,” Harrison said. “I think he’s done some really good things with his term in office. I think just like anytime a new person comes in, he’s in charge of the National Football League or a business, there’s a lot of pressure, there’s a lot of expectation. And he hasn’t been the most popular among a lot of the players as well as the fans.
“I dealt with him one-on-one in a couple of situations, and I think he’s still the right man for the job. … It’s one of those situations where you’re not going to always be the most popular because you hold one of the toughest jobs in football, if not the toughest. But it’s one thing he’s learning, and I think he finally got it right. The indefinite suspension of Ray Rice, I think that was something that was needed. I think it sends a message across the league, just like the new domestic policy. And I think it’s one of those things where as a fan you have to look at the league and say at least they’re trying to get it right.”
As for the question of if Goodell or the NFL investigators viewed the video, Harrison said: “It’s just hard for anyone to tell me that the league couldn’t get access to that video. It’s just very hard. I don’t know if they just dropped the ball, didn’t think about it, if they just didn’t want the video. I don’t know what the situation was.
“It’s just one of those things where when you saw the video, it just made you sick.”
|Darrelle Revis: ‘Very frustrating’ to miss end of game with cramps||09.07.14 at 8:06 pm ET|
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It may not have changed the outcome but Darrelle Revis said he was frustrated to be kept on the sideline by a minor issue in the closing moments of Sunday’s 33-20 loss to the Dolphins.
“Very frustrating. I couldn’t be out there and help the team out in desperation mode at that time,” Revis said.
Revis was asked specifically if it was cramping from the heat and humidity that kept him out of the game at the end.
“Uh, yeah,” Revis said. “Minor. Minor. Minor things going on but yeah.”
Revis made his official debut with the Patriots and was targeted several times by Ryan Tannehill, including on the Mike Wallace touchdown reception over the middle that tied the game, 20-20, in the third quarter.
“I actually knocked the pass down and thought it popped up like the post he ran earlier in the first half. I don’t know, I have to see the film,” Revis said of the Wallace TD grab. “My teammates were telling me it hit his knee and popped back into his hands. You don’t want those happen – sometimes they happen ‘ but the only thing you can do is, I don’t know. Sometimes the plays happen and you have to tip your hat off to Mike for keeping focus and coming up with it some weird way.”
Wallace, who finished with seven catches and a TD on 11 targets, nearly had another touchdown on Revis on an out-and-up move in the second quarter but Wallace’s right foot came down out of bounds.
“It’s not a good day for us,” Revis said. “We didn’t play too well and that’s the taste we have in our mouth today. It doesn’t matter about my first day, it would have been way better if we would have come out with a victory. We’re worried about the loss.”
|Revis Report, Week 1: Will it be Mike Wallace or Charles Clay?||09.04.14 at 11:13 pm ET|
Each week, we’ll present The Revis Report, a look at what’s on tap for the Patriots cornerback over the coming week. This week, it’s the first regular-season game for the Patriots, as they travel to Miami for a date with the Dolphins.
Overview: This is Darrelle Revis‘ first game with the Patriots, and so there’s not much to go on in terms of history within New England’s system. Over the course of the preseason, the cornerback played two games, and took 36 snaps overall. By our highly unscientific count, he was on the right side for 33 of those snaps, and on the left for three. He was thrown at three times, and there was one completion, a pass from Cam Newton to Kelvin Benjamin.
“I’m very excited. It’s the first week — it’s good to get things going now,” Revis said Thursday when asked if he was excited to get the regular season started. “I think we’re all excited. We’ve been waiting for this for awhile, and now, it’s here.”
Possible man matchups: Revis will likely be utilized against one of two people — either wide receiver Mike Wallace or tight end Charles Clay. Revis said Thursday he’s matched up against Wallace on several occasions times in the past — it appears the last time the two went head-to-head was Week 2 of the 2012 season. According to Pro Football Focus, Revis played in 43 of a possible 85 defensive snaps before going down with a knee injury that ultimately left him on the shelf for the rest of the season.
Then, there’s Clay. Why would Bill Belichick have Revis work against a tight end? A few reasons. First, Belichick has traditionally been all about trying to stop the opposing team’s No. 1 offensive option, and he has a clear level of respect for Clay, so much so that he assigned lead corner Aqib Talib (with some help) to Clay in last year’s contest against the Dolphins in Miami. Clay had one catch for six yards in the loss to the Dolphins.
Clay presents a myriad of challenges for a defender who might be assigned to him in single coverage, including the fact that he could line up at several different positions.
“You have to find him,” Belichick said of Clay earlier this week. “He’s all over. Sometimes he’s in the normal tight end location but you certainly can’t count on that — flex, could be in the backfield, could be detached as a receiver.”
FOXBORO — While it’s unclear how the Patriots will utilize Darrelle Revis in the regular season-opener Sunday against the Dolphins in Miami, it sounds like he’s intrigued about the challenge of facing wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Revis had nothing but positive things to say about Wallace on Thursday, saying he was “probably the fastest receiver in the league.”
“He’s very fast and he’s a very explosive receiver,” Revis said of Wallace, who was equally as effusive in his praise of Revis earlier in the week.
According to Revis — who faced him several times when he was in New York — the challenge of going up against Wallace means more than just watching him on film.
“Film can play tricks on your eyes sometimes when you watch it,” Revis said when pressed on Wallace’s skill set. “Until you get out there … film speed and game speed are totally two different things. I played against him in the past — a lot of guys on this team have — and I know how fast he is. He’s probably the fastest receiver in the league. We all know that and we are all aware of it as well.”
Then, there’s also the issue that comes with facing a team that is installing a new offensive system. With new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor — who made his bones working with Chip Kelly’s speedy offense in Philly last season — it’s likely that the Dolphins will keep their foot on the gas pedal.
When mixed with the swelling South Florida conditions, it presents a unique set of challenges for the New England defense.
“Miami always plays fast. They played fast in the past,” Revis said. “The weather plays a part as well. That hot weather. We’re aware. We’re aware of all the situations. I think that’s why we have a week to prepare to go through every scenario we can — player and coachwise — and just game plan the best we can.”
Ultimately, Revis — who was signed as a free agent in the spring — is excited for his first regular season action with the Patriots.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “It’s the first week — it’s good to get things going now. I think we’re all excited. We’ve been waiting for this for awhile, and now, it’s here.”
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|Mike Wallace excited for opportunity to go head-to-head with Darrelle Revis||09.03.14 at 12:54 pm ET|
FOXBORO — While there’s some question as to how Darrelle Revis will be deployed in the season opener against the Dolphins — whether he’ll be manning up against a single receiver or working a particular side — one Miami receiver is excited about the prospect of going head-to-head with the Patriots cornerback.
“If he does follow me, it will be an exciting matchup,” Wallace told reporters. “I’ll have fun. Go after it all day long.
“He’s a good player. He’s a really smart, crafty guy,” Wallace said of Revis. “He’s going to be in the right spots. You have to move him off his spots because he’s a guy that’s not going to be fooled with all the movement, jerking around at the line. You’ve got to get going, get to your spots and be fast out of your break.”
Wallace doesn’t sound like the type of player who is going to get drawn into a potential war of words with Revis.
“Me personally, I don’t really have a mental battle with anybody,” he said. “I’m just out there trying to play football. I don’t get into too much back and forth, this or that. For me, mentally, it’s about myself and being in the spots I need to be in, and doing what I’m coached to do. I’m not really worried about one guy.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick extolled the virtues of Revis on Wednesday. Speaking with Miami reporters on a conference call, he called Revis “very professional” and praised his work ethic.
“Darrelle has done a good job since he’s been here,” Belichick said. “Very professional, smart player, works hard, durable, dependable. He’s really done everything we’ve asked him to do and really tried to do it well. Very professional. I think if any of our players want to see why he’s had such a successful career, all they have to do is watch him prepare off the field and work. He really does a good job there.”
In last year’s game against Miami, the Patriots utilized Aqib Talib on tight end Charles Clay. While Belichick wouldn’t get into specifics on a potential Revis-Clay or Revis-Wallace matchup, he did expand on the pros and cons of using a defensive back on a single receiver.
“The pros and cons of it: the pros are that you have a matchup or maybe more than one matchup that you want,” he said. “The drawbacks are that it forces other people to adjust and you have guys playing multiple positions, and especially if you don’t know where the receivers are going to be, somebody has to make some adjustments there.
“It’s easy for a guy to follow the guy he’s following, but then depending on what personnel groups and formations they use and what defenses you’re in, what type of calls you’re running, then there could be some communication and adjustments there. You just have to weigh those factors out and figure out what you’re comfortable with as a team and how you like the matchups or don’t like [the matchups], how you want to change them and so forth.”
|5 most important Patriots not named Tom Brady||08.26.14 at 12:00 am ET|
There’s no need to debate who is the most important member of the Patriots. Quarterback Tom Brady has been the single most integral part of New England’s football success on a week-in, week-out basis for the last decade-plus. But who makes up the rest of the nucleus? With the 2014 regular season looming, here are the five most important Patriots not named Brady — in no particular order.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman — Edelman has emerged as Brady’s go-to target of choice over the last year-plus. The former college quarterback topped the 100-catch mark last season, becoming just the third pass-catcher of the Brady era to come away with at least 100 catches in a season (Troy Brown and Wes Welker are the other two.) Over the course of the summer, he displayed an almost creepy level of chemistry with the quarterback. In two preseason games, Edelman has showed that regardless of what happens with Rob Gronkowski‘s health in 2014, he will be one of the fundamental elements of the New England passing game. In two preseason games Brady targeted Edelman 10 times, and the receiver caught all 10 passes.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski — Gronkowski is the difference-maker, the sort of offensive option who can help New England get to its ultimately goal. The only question is his health — the big tight end played in his first 46 straight games in the NFL, but since his forearm snapped blocking on an extra point against the Colts in 2012, he’s only played in nine of a possible 26 games. It’s important to note that the Patriots looked like they learned to survive without him down the stretch and into the postseason last year. According to Football Outsiders, the Patriots averaged 32 points per game and 5.94 yards per play with Gronkowski in the lineup from Weeks 7-14. Without Gronkowski (from Week 15 through the end of their postseason run), New England averaged 30.8 points per game and 5.82 yards per play. It was a drop-off, but not the dramatic dip that some may have anticipated. At the same time, the real struggles in other areas (red zone presence, blocking) have created an environment where it’s simply not sustainable to think the Patriots could hope to win a Super Bowl without him.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis — Revis has only been a part of the New England roster for a few months, but he already figures to be a vital part of any success the Patriots have in 2014. Even for a future Hall of Famer it can be an occasionally dicey proposition joining a new team, but he’s managed to fit in seamlessly. As a new face, he has managed to walk a fine line between being deferential to the established veterans who were already on the roster, but at the same time he’s managed to carve out a leadership position of his own. He was the guy who led a group of defensive backs out to Arizona for offseason workouts with his trainer, and the younger defensive backs (including Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon) have confessed to picking his brain on more than one occasion. He hasn’t played a ton in the preseason (we had him at 36 snaps — with penalties — through the first three games of the preseason, and has one pass completed in his direction in that time), but it certainly appears he’s not hampered by any of the knee woes that managed to keep him sidelined for almost the entire duration of the 2012 season.
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