Darrelle Revis hasn’t exactly looked like himself for much of this season, prompting questions about whether the 31-year-old cornerback’s best days are behind him. Revis has been playing a bit better of late though, and perhaps that’s no coincidence based on what he revealed to the team’s web site.
Injuries have obviously played a role in Revis’ struggles, as he missed part of training camp after undergoing offseason wrist surgery, then pulled a hamstring in Week 4. Then again, arriving at camp a little overweight probably didn’t do the seven-time Pro Bowl selection any favors either, something he finally admitted to on Monday.
“I was a little banged up with the wrist surgery, and then coming into the season, I had a little bit of a weight problem,” Revis said on Inside the Jets. “I was trying to get my weight down, and then the first couple games went by so fast, I couldn’t really get in my rhythm. Then the hamstring came.”
While Revis’ decline might have been greatly exaggerated, it might be a little quick to say he’s suddenly back to being a lockdown corner after a couple of better showings. The fact is this was once the most dominant cornerback in the NFL, and he hasn’t played anything close to that for the bulk of this season.
Of course, if weight issues contributed at all to his poor play, and he’s just now beginning to return to form, quarterbacks might want to take caution again before throwing in his direction. Even if he’s not the same anymore, a healthy and in-shape Revis would look markedly different from what Jets opponents were seeing earlier.