‘Revis Island’ Finds New Land with the Chiefs
By Brandon Simmons
While most NFL teams were at home refilling on cranberry sauce and turkey, the Kansas City Chiefs were refilling their beleaguered defense. According to NFL.com, Wednesday, the Chiefs signed former Pro Bowl cornerback Darelle Revis to a 2-year contract, a move that could aid the team in their recent woes on defense. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach released a statement that said signing the corner was something that should energize their roster a little.
“Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him to our secondary,” explained Veach. “He’s had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is encouraged by the move given Revis’ knowledge of the defense.
“[Revis] has experience and familiarity with [defensive coordinator] Bob Sutton’s defense, he’s a team guy, and we feel like a player of his caliber can help our football team.”
For 10 seasons, Revis was best known for his one-on-one coverage skills, which earned him the nickname “Revis Island”. Drafted by the Jets in 2007, he played for the team until he left in 2013 to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then joined the New England Patriots. In 2015, he returned the New York Jets, where he spent the last two seasons, almost as a shell of himself. Despite having 5 interceptions his first year back, injuries began to wear on him and show their affect on the 32-year-old cornerback. It led to him being released from the team during this past offseason in March.
Kansas City has been one of the top teams in the league starting out this year. They opened the season 5-0, beating the New England Patriots in the season opener, but have been 1-4 since that mark. Along the way, they have suffered losses on the defensive end, most notably safety Eric Berry. Their defense has definately taken a hit, as they are ranked 28th in overall and passing yards allowed per game.
Revis could give this a team a boost in their secondary as an extra cornerback or at the safety position. A lot of older players tend to make that transition, Charles Woodson when he played for the Green Bay Packers and a second stint with the Oakland Raiders. This will be the first time he has played all season so his legs are still fresh and could be able to run with a receiver or two, no matter what level of the defense he’s at.
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