One of the leading storylines for the first two weeks of the Jets season has been the play of cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis had a rough game against Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green in Week One and gave up a long touchdown pass to Bills wideout Marquise Goodwin, calling into question his bona fides as a shutdown cornerback after years as one of the best in the game. Coach Todd Bowles said after the victory over the Bills that he believes Revis will be better over the course of the season and Revis’ defensive teammates agree with him.
Linebacker David Harris, who was drafted a round behind Revis in 2007, said he thinks “hate spreads faster than love” on social media and that he’ll still take Revis over any other corner. Linebacker Erin Henderson has a similar take.
“I haven’t lost any confidence or belief in him, and I don’t think he’s lost any confidence in himself, either,” Henderson said, via ESPN.com. “It’s just a matter of going out these next couple of weeks and shutting up everybody, like he’s done for his entire career. You’ll see Reve go out there and be Reve, the same way as always. He’ll be the playmaker he always has been.”
Sunday’s game against the Chiefs will be Revis’ next chance to be that playmaker. The question for the Jets is if they’ll put him on Jeremy Maclin or line him up against other Kansas City wideouts, including the speedy rookie Tyreek Hill, in their attempt to improve to 2-1.