Cornerback Darrelle Revis was a member of the 2014 New England Patriots team that won Super Bowl XLIX when Russell Wilson was famously intercepted at the goal-line.
While Revis wasn’t the hero on that play, he certainly played a role throughout the successful season, recording 44 solo tackles, six assisted tackles, 16 pass deflections, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and two interceptions as the team’s lock-down corner.
After he left New England, Revis conveyed his respect for the Patriots many times. Last year while a member of the Jets, when asked why New England is a perennial power in the AFC East, he told Newsday the following.
“They come to work every day. They put a lot into it. That’s how they win. And it starts from the coach, the coaching staff. They come up with great game plans and they’re a smart team. They wait for teams to make mistakes. That’s what they bank on.”
He continued, ““It’s a collective effort by everybody. Having TB12 (quarterback Tom Brady) helps, too, but still at the same time, it’s a system up there, where guys can get plugged in and plugged out. Guys can get plugged in, meaning from another team, the draft, they put them in the system and it’s rolling. And guys can get released, cut, and it doesn’t matter, because Bill does a great job in the system with the guys.”
It appears as though the Patriots also think highly of him.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, a Revis return to New England looks increasingly likely.
With Malcolm Butler likely headed to New Orleans via trade and Logan Ryan gone, the Patriots are in need of cornerback help, even if they signed Stephon Gilmore.
According to La Canfora’s sources, clubs fully expect Revis to end up back in New England. Here’s what one personnel member told him:
“We did our work on him. He can still play. He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”
After being released from the Jets this offseason, Revis might have the added motivation to square off against them twice per year at the minimum in the AFC East.
While Revis isn’t the player he used to be, which is very clear, he can still contribute at a high level. Since Bill Belichick always seems to get the most out of his players, he’d be a solid addition on a team that has a very realistic chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
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