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It used to be that when a receiver went against cornerback Darrelle Revis, it meant no air time and zeroes on the stat sheet. That’s why the New York Jets gave him a $70 million deal before last season.
The days of Revis Island might be over, especially after A.J. Green ran him around MetLife Stadium in the Cincinnati Bengals’ final-minute win.
According to NFL Research, Andy Dalton posted a perfect passer rating when targeting Green when he was covered by Revis on Sunday. Dalton completed 10-of-10 targets to Green against Revis for 152 yards and a touchdown. That’s a 158.3 rating. Against a guy considered the best cornerback in football just a couple years ago.
All of those might not be Revis’ fault — on Green’s long touchdown, for example, Revis seemed to be in zone and got no help from the safety in the middle — but it’s still a shocking stat considering Revis is one of the greatest defensive players of this era and he’s getting paid a fortune by the Jets. It also didn’t look good after the Jets lost 23-22.
“It probably wasn’t one of my better games,” Revis said afterward, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.
You don’t say, Darrelle.
Revis seemed to be losing a step last season. He turned 31 in July, an age in which cornerbacks are usually slowing down. It’s especially scary for the Jets when they consider Revis is due $17 million in salary this season, $13 million in 2017 and more than $10 million in each of the two seasons after that, according to Spotrac.
Green will make a lot of cornerbacks look bad this season; he’s one of the best players in the NFL. But we’re not used to Revis getting dominated like that. You have to wonder how much Revis can really rebound at age 31.
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