Sports stars like to make a scene when they face their former teams. Especially if they don't leave on their accord, or if they leave in a messy situation.
No surprises then that Darrelle Revis is planning on implementing more misery on his former team, the New York Jets tonight.
After building a solid career and haunting quarterbacks and receivers across the country as a Jet, Revis now lines up for bitter rivals the New England Patriots.
Revis is likely to line up against Eric Decker and let's be fair, we expect Revis to shut Decker down. However, Revis also surprised many when he proclaimed that he could also be taking some snaps as a wide receiver:
“I mean, I’m very confident in catching balls. I know that. We’ve got some great receivers on this team." Revis told the Boston Globe. "Usually when something happens like that, it’s the depth chart, maybe injuries. Knock on wood, I hope we don’t get to that point. But if there was an opportunity, if Bill came to me and said we need help, I’m willing to do whatever coach says. And that’s any position. That’s just what it is. We get asked to do some crazy things sometimes. Whatever coach needs me to play, I’ll be up for the challenge.”
Is it a good idea?
It seems a bit farfetched, not because of New England's world beating receiver core (sarcasm), but because they have a healthy set of receivers. Brandon LaFell had a break out game and Gronk looks back to his best.
Nevertheless, Belichick has used offensive players on defense before, and vice versa. Examples include linebacker Mike Vrabel being lined up at tight end in redzone snaps and Troy Brown and Julian Edelman, both wide receivers, playing at cornerback.
However these situations are unique. Edelman is one hell of an athlete and could play any position. He generally would fill in when injuries were rife or on trick plays and with the Patriots having a fit and healthy roster it's doubtful that Revis would be needed at wide receiver.
Unless Belichick plans on using him as a wide out to bait the Jets or to get in their head, I can't see it happening. Risking your best defensive player to prove a point seems a little stupid, especially as the Pats are still hurting after the loss of Jerod Mayo.