New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was ranked as the eighth-best player in the NFL, according to the NFL Network's Top 100 rankings. Jets head coach Rex Ryan presented Revis on the show, lauding the way the cornerback allows him to be more creative with his defensive schemes.
Here's how the Top 10 broke down:
- Tom Brady
- Peyton Manning
- Adrian Peterson
- Ray Lewis
- Ed Reed
- Troy Polamalu
- Andre Johnson
- Darrelle Revis
- Drew Brees
- Julius Peppers
I think Revis can be argued ahead of a lot of these guys, but the player that leaves me scratching my head is Andre Johnson. The two have matched up twice, with Revis completely shutting him down, as expected. Shutting down a Top 10 player in the NFL, and that being business as usual, isn't good enough to be ranked higher than No. 8? The guy you shut down is ahead of you? Makes no sense.
Here's how I look at it. Andre Johnson makes defenses focus on him. Revis makes defenses go away from him. When they matchup, it's not the Jets who are forced to do something they wouldn't normally do (as in help Revis). The Texans are forced to go away from Johnson, and create offense in other ways.
Anyway, beating a dead horse here a little bit. Already talked about this here. Bottom line, I'll take Revis. Too bad the Jets and Texans only play in the preseason this year.
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