It’s pretty clear Revis Island has been swept away in the merciless NFL ocean of unforgiving time.
One of the more of fascinating developments of the first week of the NFL season was the construction of New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Long considered the premier cornerback in the NFL, it appears those days are over.
Revis, 31, was absolutely shredded by Cincinnati star receiver A.J. Green in the Bengals’ Week 1 win. Green had 12 catches for 180 yards and scored a touchdown. The vast majority of his work was done against a beleaguered Revis.
Scouts I spoke to in the aftermath of the Revis dumpster fire said that Green is a special talent and many cornerbacks would have suffered the same fate as Revis did on Sunday. However, the scouts say Revis is definitely on the back nine of his career.
Like all stars, Revis is prideful and he is surely determined to return to form. That begins Thursday night against Buffalo Bills. The Bills had just 111 passing yards last week, and star receiver Sammy Watkins is hobbling. If Revis gets burned again, his decline may be more immediate than expected.
Here is the rest of the Williamson’s All 22 for Week 2. This is not an all-star team; it’s a list of key players at each position this week:
Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: For the first time in his career, Luck with face the Denver Broncos without the quarterback his career has been tied to – Peyton Manning. The Colts, of course, drafted Luck in 2012 after they released Manning, who ended up in Denver. Luck faced retired Manning four times and he was 3-1 against him and the Broncos, including a win in the playoffs. Still, despite his success, it has to be nice for Luck to not have to carry the burden of facing Manning this time around.
Running back: C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos: The Broncos want to establish the run, and they did exactly that in their season-ending win over Carolina in last season’s Super Bowl. Anderson had 92 yards rushing and was a standout. The Colt’ defense is deficient, so Anderson has a chance to have a big day and setup the passing of young quarterback Trevor Siemian. If Anderson has a big game, so could Siemian.
Running back: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers: We need to find out if Hyde is just a Game 1 wonder. Last year, against Minnesota, he had 168 of his 470 yards rushing in Week 1. Hyde was lost for the season in Week 7, but he was nowhere near as good as he was for the rest of his season after Week 1. This year, Hyde opened the season with 88 yards and 2 touchdowns in a shutout win over the Los Angeles Rams. Like Hyde, the 49ers peaked in Week 1 last season. Let’s see if Hyde can try to change that trend and have a strong game against Carolina.
Wide receiver: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: Bryant, who missed seven games with foot and knee injuries last season, did not have a strong start to the 2016 season in a loss to the New York Giants. He had just 1 catch from rookie Dak Prescott for 8 yards on 5 targets after playing essentially the entire game. Against Washington (will Josh Norman covering him) the Cowboys will need to get Bryant more targets, and he’s going to have to make a bigger impact when he gets an opportunity.
Wide receiver: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers: Adams was on the receiving end of the most impressive pass of week 1 – a 29-yard rocket from Aaron Rodgers, who was being hit as he threw it. As special as the throw was, Adams completed the ball with a terrific catch in coverage. It had to be encouraging to Rodgers that Adams finished the play. After a strong rookie season, Adams struggled with drop issues last season. In Week 1, he had 3 catches for 50 yards and showed Rodgers he can be trusted. Rodgers loves to reward receivers he trusts. Watch for Adams to get a lot of opportunities at Minnesota on Sunday.
Tight end: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: Olsen is clearly Cam Newton’s safety valve. Newton found Olsen often in key moments against Denver in Week 1. Olsen took advantage with 7 catches for 73 yards. The San Francisco defense was extremely stout against a weak Rams offense. The Panthers aren’t weak and the Newton-Olsen combination will surely challenge San Francisco on Sunday.
Left tackle, Donald Penn, Oakland Raiders: Penn had to move to right tackle in the second half of the Raiders’ incredible 35-34 win at New Orleans because the Raiders suffered game-ending injuries to Menelik Watson and Matt McCants. Their other right tackle, Austin Howard, was already hurt. The Raiders had to adjust their offensive line on the fly and Penn moved to right tackle for the first time in 15 years. He had a completely clean game. He should be back to left tackle against Atlanta as Howard is expected to play. It should be a much earlier day for Penn as he tries to play another perfect game.
Left guard: Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins: Tunsil will have his hands full at New England against the Patriots’ stout defensive line. Yet, the first-round pick should be up for the task. He played well at Seattle against an extremely strong defensive front. Tunsil, who many thought could be the No.1 overall draft pick before Tennessee traded it to the Rams, will eventually play left tackle. But he for now, he may be in the process of starring at left guard.
Center: Justin Britt, Seattle Seahawks: Britt played tackle and guard in his first two years and now is at center on Seattle’s makeshift line. He played well against Miami and his coaches are confident he can continue to grow at the position and handle himself well against a strong Rams defensive front.
Right guard: John Miller, Buffalo Bills: Miller is considered the biggest question on the Bills’ offensive line. Miller, 23, has just 13 starts. The Jets defense had 7 sacks against Cincinnati last week. The Jets will be trying to go through Miller to get to Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Right tackle: Cedric Ogbuehi, Cincinnati Bengals: Ogbuehi saw the power of the Jets’ pass-rush first hand. The Steelers will surely be trying to duplicate what the Jets did against the Bengals. The talented Ogbuehi has to do his part to ensure quarterback Andy Dalton isn’t constantly harassed for a second straight week.
Defensive end: Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders: Mack is, by far, the best player on Oakland’s defense. He must play like it. Mack had 7 tackles at New Orleans but didn’t get a sack as Drew Brees threw for more than 400 yards. Mack is the popular pick for defensive player of the year. He needs to start making big plays. Mack did have 15 sacks last year, but 10 of them came in a four-game stretch, including a 5-sack game at Denver. That is a terrific run, but the flip side is Mack had just a total of 5 sacks in the other 12 games. Mack needs to get to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan on Sunday.
Defensive tackle: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams: Let’s see if Donald can get fiery on the field and actually stay on it against Seattle. A frustrated Donald, one of the very best defensive players in the NFL, was ejected at San Francisco in Week 1. He slammed his helmet on the field as he exited. The Rams need Donald on the field if they have a chance to beat the Seahawks.
Defensive tackle: Robert Nkemdiche, Arizona Cardinals: It was a rough welcome to the NFL for the first-round pick. Always honest Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Nkemdiche’s play against New England was “poor.” It will be interesting to see how Nkemdiche responds against Tampa Bay.
Defensive end: Chris Long, New England Patriots: The Rams cut their longtime stalwart this offseason. Like he often does, New England coach Bill Belichick jumped at the chance to get an aging defensive player. So far, so good. Long was terrific against Arizona. Let’s see if he can keep it up against the Dolphins.
Outside linebacker: Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills: After getting 10 sacks each in 2013 and 2014, his production slipped last season, .when he had 5 sacks. Well, Hughes already has 2 sacks and he was dominant in Week 1. He was surely a focal point of the Jets’ offensive meetings during this short week.
Outside linebacker: Whitney Mercilus, Tennessee Titans: Mercilus is making it difficult for Titans opponents. The Detroit Lions probably didn’t know where to start their game plan against Houston’s defense. Mercilus was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after getting 2 sacks and forcing a fumble last week. Mercilus has become a good player and will only help J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
Cornerback: Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals: Jones was a centerpiece of all the craziness in the intense playoff game between the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers last January. Jones’ always runs hot, anyway. Expect the Steelers try to get under Jones’ skin on Sunday.
Safety: Harold Jones-Quartey, Chicago Bears: The inexperienced deep patroller of the Bears’ defense will try to keep Eagles’ rookie Carson Wentz from taking over on Monday Night Football.
Safety: DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins: If the Redskins’ defensive coaches use Norman as strangely against Bryant as they did against Antonio Brown in Week 1, Hall will have to be on high alert.
Cornerback: Darrelle Revis, New York Jets: See above.