Amid talk that cornerback Darrelle Revis with return to the Patriots in 2017, many people are of the opinion that last season with the Jets showed that the 31-year-old is only a shell of his former self.
And that opinion is basically shared by former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, who thinks Revis should just hang up the cleats and retire.
“From my point of view—as a former cornerback who played in the NFL for 12 seasons—I strongly think Revis should retire”, Taylor wrote, per NFL.com. “And five years from now, the impact he made during his decade in the league will put him in Canton”.
“At his peak, Revis had impeccable patience at the line of scrimmage”, Taylor wrote. “He mastered bump-and-run coverage and was one of the best at disrupting the timing between quarterback and receiver”. He talked about Revis’ “hand placement on receivers in press coverage” and said “he could catch like a receiver”.
“I don’t want to look at Revis as a guy who played both” cornerback and safety. “I see him as a pure cornerback. What he’s done in his career is rare. He was a starter at cornerback from Day 1 through his 10th season, and the caliber at which he played is almost unmatched”.