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Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2017 – 4:55 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs added some intrigue to this weekend’s game against the Bills. The club signed free agent Darrelle Revis on Wednesday.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Whether Revis is able to play this week remains to be seen. What is clear is that the Chiefs defense has struggled without Pro Bowl S Eric Berry, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in Week 1 and is out for the year. Kansas City is 28th against the pass.

So while playing cornerback after getting up off his couch is unlikely, there’s a good chance he can play a role as a safety or in some subpackages this week.

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More prep time for Revis matchup #2 for Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2015 – 3:01 pm

Heading into the first meeting against the Jets, Sammy Watkins was coming off a short week and there weren’t many practice reps to be had before facing New York with the game on a Thursday night. It cost Watkins and Tyrod Taylor a couple of opportunities to make some big plays in the Week 10 win over the Jets. Now with a full week of preparation offensive coordinator Greg Roman was asked to assess if Watkins might have more success against Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

“We went into that game on a short week,” said Roman in reference to the Week 10 game. “We were banged up. We really couldn’t practice. So we had to go in there kind of roll the dice a little bit, gamble on a game plan to find a way to win and we were fortunate it worked out. But I think it’ll be a good battle. They got a lot of other cover players on their defense too though. It’ll be a really good test for us.”

In the first meeting Watkins had just three catches for 14 yards, though two of them went for first downs.

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Gilmore set to embrace Revis role

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2015 – 8:59 am

Many suspect that CB Stephon Gilmore will be pegged to take on the Darrelle Revis role in Rex Ryan’s defense for the Bills this season. When asked about it Wednesday Gilmore said he’s ready and willing to take on the responsibility that role demands if he’s asked to do so.

“I definitely feel like I can fill the role of being a great corner or the best corner in this league,” said Gilmore. “I told them whatever they want me to do I’ll do it for this team. We’re expecting big things this year, so I’m looking forward to it. So, I feel like I just got to go out and work on my game and whatever the coaches tell me to do that’s what I’m going to do and I work on my game and my technique and study film.”

Gilmore has done that by going against Sammy Watkins in practice almost every day. Even in individual one-on-one drills Gilmore will wait until Watkins is up in the rotation to go against him instead of another receiver.

“I feel like Sammy is one of the hardest players to guard in this league,” he said. “You just got to get him the ball and I feel like me and him going at it every day, I mean, there aren’t too many people as good as him.”

It’s not clear yet whether Gilmore will simply be asked to follow the opponent’s best receiver every week during the regular season, but he’s preparing as if that will be the case. He’s often lined up at both left cornerback and right cornerback in the same practice so he’s accustomed to flipping to the other side of the field, should he need to in a game when following an opponent’s top wideout.

“If they tell me to cover one guy the whole game, then I’ll do that, and play physical and just lock in and worry about my responsibility, and that’s shutting that guy down,” said Gilmore. “So just worry about that and then everything else will take care of itself.”

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Pats planning to work on extension for Revis

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2015 – 12:50 pm

The New England Patriots have a second option year on the contract for Darrelle Revis at an exorbitant cap hit of $25 million. Patriots president Jonathan Kraft in a radio interview in Boston called the current contract a “placeholder” for what they hope will eventually be a multi-year extension for the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback.

Appearing on WEEI radio in Boston, Kraft stated that it is the club’s intention to put together an extension offer for Revis in short order.

“Hopefully both sides want to make a deal and we’ll be able to get one done,” Kraft told on WEEI. “We’ll get to work on trying to make [an extension] happen.”

NFL free agency opens on March 10th, with clubs eligible to begin negotiating with player agents March 7th for players no longer under contract.

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Revis update

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2015 – 8:16 am

While speculation swirls about the future of CB Darrelle Revis in New England, knowing there’s a $25M cap charge on the second (team option) year of his contract with the Patriots, Revis himself is unsure of how things will play out.

That according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, who secured comment from Revis in the aftermath of the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory. It’s clear his thoughts about his future haven’t gotten that far yet.

“The offseason will weigh itself out,” Revis told Reiss immediately after the game. “I’m just so happy for us as a team, accomplishing the ultimate goal, winning the Super Bowl. I have a great team on my side and we’ll figure my future out in the offseason.”

New England does have a track record of not overpaying for players, so the speculation is that the Patriots will try to come to a revamped agreement to keep Revis in the fold.

There was speculation during Super Bowl week that if Revis and the Patriots could not reach an accord if a revamped contract was necessary that reuniting with former head coach Rex Ryan in Buffalo was a possibility as was a potential return to the New York Jets.

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Watkins on Revis matchup

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2014 – 7:13 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s game, which left him a bit surprised, but he gave an insightful synopsis on his matchup with Darrelle Revis Sunday and learned a lot. He hopes to take better advantage of the matchup the second time around in the season finale.

“He was good off the press, but I thought I did great against the press,” said Watkins. “I beat him a couple of times off the press, I didn’t get the ball.  There are things we have to clear out on the field. Once we watch film and they figure out how I can play against them, and they feel the need to come to me, and then to come to me without worrying about interceptions or him stopping me. Next game that’s the way we’ll play.”

When asked what makes Revis so effective, Watkins had a pretty good assessment following his first game against him.

“The way he’s press coverage every play,” he said. “If you let him get his hands on you and be comfortable the whole game it can come out bad for you.  I think I changed him up in the second half. I read what he was doing and I beat him off the line and once again, there are things that we will watch on film for the next game, and for the next game I think they can see that they can come to me on the back side.”

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Stevie focused on winning, not Revis

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2013 – 10:53 am

Stevie Johnson is one of the more successful receivers in his matchups with Bucs CB Darrelle Revis, from their biannual duels when Revis was with the Jets. But Johnson isn’t focused on his matchup with Revis. He’s more focused on getting a road win Sunday.

“I feel like Revis is Revis,” said Johnson. “I don’t need to say too much about him. He’s an elite corner. My worry, my main concern is getting a win. That’s the main thing. I’m not really worried about the matchup.”

When pressed to comment on what he thinks about the matchup with Revis over the years, Johnson again made it clear getting a win for the team will be the priority this week.

“I know we’ll be competing,” he said. “I feel like we’ll match up more times than not.  And when we do, we’ll see who’s the better man throughout the game.  Once again, my main concern is to try to get a win, not an individual person.”

Revis is expected to play after he practiced fully on Wednesday. He left last week’s game against Carolina early with shoulder and chest injuries.

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Revis practicing, V-Jax absent for Bucs

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2013 – 12:52 pm

Buffalo’s opponent this week, Tampa Bay does have their top cornerback practicing this week, but their top receiver was missing in action during the media viewing portion of practice for the Bucs Wednesday.

That according to Bucs beat reporter Rick Stroud, who tweeted as much.

Revis left last week’s game early with shoulder and chest injuries. We’ll have the full official Bucs injury report later today.

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Revis a question mark for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2013 – 12:41 pm

He worked all offseason to come back from an ACL injury in 2012. Over the last few weeks Tampa Bay CB Darrelle Revis has been dealing with a few nagging injuries, and has exited each of the Bucs last two games early. It leaves him as a question mark for Sunday’s game with the Bills.

Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano was downplaying Revis’ latest ailments, a shoulder/chest injury suffered last Sunday against Carolina when his head and chest hit the turf hard at the end of a play.

“Darrelle, I think, is going to be OK,’’ Schiano said as reported by the Tampa Tribune. “Initially he came off the field and he had some pain in his upper torso area. Then they examined him inside. I don’t think it’s that serious, but we’ll see.’’

Revis had just returned from a groin injury suffered against Detroit the week prior. He did confirm he hit his head on the turf, but Schiano said he was unaware of Revis suffering from any concussion-like symptoms.

Revis has had his share of battles with Stevie Johnson, who unorthodox route running has given Revis problems at times.

The Bucs did lose LB Jonathan Casillas for the rest of the season Sunday when he suffered a knee injury late in the loss to Carolina this past weekend.

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Revis trade rumors include Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2013 – 3:09 pm is reporting that the trade market is heating up for Jets CB Darrelle Revis with two of New York’s division rivals expressing interest in the Pro Bowl CB.

Per Mike Freeman’s report both the Bills and Patriots have expressed interest in Revis, but the report says there’s no way the Jets will trade Revis to a division rival. New York is reportedly asking for a first and second round pick for Revis, but coming off ACL surgery there’s no way such a steep price will be paid.

The other teams reportedly expressing interest are Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Green Bay.

Per league policy the Bills and any other NFL club cannot comment on players under contract with other clubs. But Buffalo’s interest would make sense knowing Mike Pettine had Revis in his defense the past four years.

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Stevie vs. Revis stat note

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2011 – 10:57 am

Just a note for Bills fans on Stevie’s day against Darrelle Revis Sunday.

According to the stat crunches at ProFootballFocus, Stevie’s three-catch 84-yard day against Revis represents the most yardage he’s surrendered to an opponent in three years.

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in reviewing the game film felt he should have tried to go to Johnson more early in the game.

“I think at the beginning of the game I didn’t go to him as much as I should have,” said Fitzpatrick. “We went into the game knowing that would have been a good match-up, an interesting one to see. They are both very good players. Coming out of the game I think Steve did some really good stuff that we expected. I think that’s something that we’ll look at and carry over to the next game when we play them again.”

That’s a span of 61 games. I’m sure Stevie would’ve preferred to get a win, but felt it was worth noting.

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Bills WRs could get break

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2010 – 2:21 pm

The Bills wide receiving corps, which has been thinned noticeably by injury may be facing a cornerback contingent with the same problem.

Both of the Jets starting cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and Antonio Cromartie (groin) were limited in practice on Friday and are considered questionable for Sunday’s game.

Head coach Rex Ryan said he would not be opposed to sitting them out if things don’t go well in pre-game warmups Sunday.

“There’s a chance that could happen,” said Ryan in his Friday press conference. “If they’re not feeling good with the hamstring and the groin then it makes sense to have them healthy for the playoffs. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not ruling them out, but we’ll see how that goes.”

Revis, however, told editor Randy Lange the following concerning Sunday’s game.

“As of right now, I’m playing,” Revis said. “It’s up to the coaches and what they want to do, if they want to switch some guys out or not. But I’m taking this week as a regular week and preparing for the Buffalo Bills.”

If both Cromartie and Revis sit for the game Drew Coleman and Kyle Wilson would start in their place.

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Report: Revis out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 1:44 pm

Reports out of New York say Revis will not play against Buffalo Sunday.

ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini is reporting that Revis himself said he will not play Sunday.

RichCimini    It’s official: Darrelle Revis says, “I’m not going to play this week.” Says hammy worse than he originally thought.

Revis did not practice Wednesday or Thursday this week and apparently has ruled himself out of Sunday’s game. That means Antonio Cromartie will slide into Revis’ #1 CB role again and presumably cover Lee Evans.

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Jets practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 11:42 am

Here’s a Thursday update on the practice status of the Jets’ Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace.

According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, Revis is not practicing again today. Pace meanwhile is dressed for practice. The anticipation is he’ll be limited.

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Ryan not ruling out Revis

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2010 – 10:11 am

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is not sure about the availability of Darrelle Revis for Sunday’s game against the Bills, but at this point he’s not ruling him out either.

“I’m not so sure about Darrelle,” said Ryan. “His hamstring is coming along. He’s doing a great job of getting treatment, getting about 12 hours a day worth, but unless he’s 100 percent I really don’t want to put him out there. I’d love to have him play this week, but I’m not so sure right now.”

When asked point blank if he’s ruling Revis out for the game here on Wednesday, Ryan said he was not.

“No, I never said that,” said Ryan. “I only make that statement when I know it to be true. Right now I can’t say that. We haven’t even had practice yet today.”

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Rex on Revis

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2010 – 4:17 pm

Jets head coach Rex Ryan sounded less than optimistic about having Darrelle Revis for Sunday’s game against the Bills in Buffalo.

According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, Ryan in his Monday press conference didn’t come across as convincing in saying he’s hoping Revis can play.

RichCimini    Rex Ryan says he’s “hopeful” that CB Darrelle Revis can play this week, but he didn’t sound optimistic. Gut feeling: Ain’t happening. #Jets.

Revis suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 against the Patriots and missed the Jets win over Miami last night.

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No Revis vs. Bills Sunday?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2010 – 9:22 am

Jets top CB Darrelle Revis missed New York’s Sunday night victory over the Dolphins with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 2 against New England. Now there’s speculation that he’ll also miss this Sunday’s game against the Bills in Buffalo.

ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini provided his hunch on Revis’ availability for Sunday’s game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in a twitter post.

RichCimini #Jets have a different def without Darrelle Revis. Rookie Kyle Wilson needs better ball awareness. Early hunch: No Revis in Buff.

The Jets host the Vikings the week after they play the Bills on a Monday night, who are still trying to hit their stride with the passing game, so it doesn’t appear as though the Jets would be sitting Revis another week for some high-flying aerial attack type team to make sure he’s completely recovered. It appears as though they want to eliminate the hamstring injury as an issue for the rest of the season and believe sitting him, if that proves to be the case this week, would help achieve that.

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T.O. telling Toronto to show

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2009 – 4:55 pm

Following Wednesday’s practice at the Rogers Centre Terrell Owens had a few words for the Bills fans north of the border.

“Here I am,” Owens said. “It feels good. Looking forward to the game tomorrow and all of the Canadians out here in Toronto – you all come out and support the game tomorrow, it’s going to be a good one.”

Owens is expected to be extra motivated for this game after Jets CB Darrelle Revis held him to 3 catches for 13 yards.

Revis when asked this week by the NY media how covering this 81 is different from covering the other 81 (Randy Moss) said Randy is faster.

I’m willing to believe Owens would like to prove him wrong. We shall see Thursday night as Revis is expected to follow him all over the field.

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