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The impact of relocating Revis Island

Posted by Erik Frenz  April 22, 2013 05:00 PM

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In terms of pure value, the New York Jets came out on the winning end of the trade that sent All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL draft and a conditional third- or fourth-round pick in 2014. The question is, will they be better off for it? We won't know until we see who the Jets select and how those players develop.

In that sense, we still have an incomplete picture of what the trade looks like, but the Patriots likely won't be too upset about it in the immediate future.

Although the Patriots still have to face Revis and the Buccaneers in Week 3 of the 2013 season, they don't have to face him twice a year anymore. Unless the two teams meet in the Super Bowl, they won't face Revis in a meaningful game again until 2017.

In the here and now, though, that is likely welcome news for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

According to stats and analytics site Pro Football Focus, Brady has only targeted Revis 12 times in their past four meetings (2010-2011), a testament to Brady's respect for Revis as well as how frequently Revis had his way with the Patriots receivers.

Speaking of the Patriots receivers, it's a brand new group in 2013. Will they get on the same page with Brady early on?

jets corners.pngAgainst the Jets, the chances of that happening just got a bit better. Instead of having to face Revis and Antonio Cromartie as the team's top two cornerbacks, the current starting tandem is Cromartie and Kyle Wilson. Moving Revis also brings cornerbacks Isaiah Trufant and Ellis Lankster into the discussion. Do the Jets have confidence in them as slot corners? Neither of them played a whole lot, and both have some holes in their game.

The Jets may have been in the market for a cornerback in the second or third round of the draft even before trading Revis, if only to address a need for depth as well as the uncertainty of Kyle Wilson as a starter. Following the trade, though, they may be in the market for a top cornerback.

What the Jets really need to figure out, though, is how to cover the Patriots tight ends. Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have both performed well against the Jets in the past

Hernandez piled up six catches and 101 yards on the Jets in his first game against them back in 2010, and averages 13.6 YPR against them, against a career average of 11.2. The Jets were the victims for two of Gronkowski's 12 career games of two touchdowns or more.

There's a lot of turnover for the Jets at other spots in the back seven, as well.

The Jets added seven-year veteran safety Dawan Landry to help them overcome the loss of LaRon Landry. Dawan allowed 30 of 44 passes (68.4 percent) to be completed into his coverage, and at a shade over 30 years old, it's fair to wonder if he could keep up with the spry athleticism of Hernandez and Gronkowski.

At other spots, however, youth takes over. Second-year safety Antonio Allen steps in for Yeremiah Bell, and second-year linebacker Demario Davis fills the starting spot left vacant by Bart Scott.

The Patriots have to feel pretty confident with how they match up with so many questions around the Jets — questions which became increasingly abundant with the trade of Revis.


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