Darrelle Revis Trade Instantly Propels Buccaneers into NFC Playoff Picture

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Darrelle Revis Trade Instantly Propels Buccaneers into NFC Playoff Picture
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Darrelle Revis has vaulted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into the NFC postseason mix.

According to the Bucs' official Twitter on Sunday, Revis was acquired in a trade with the New York Jets:

Although Tampa had to give up its first-rounder in the 2013 NFL draft, the move immediately benefits the Bucs for this season and the long-term future. Revis only turns 28 years old before the fall and is still one of the league's top overall defenders.

From his rookie campaign in 2007 through 2011, Revis defended 95 passes and made 233 tackles.

He possesses the talent to jam receivers in Cover 1, allowing him to bail in man coverage from the snap and roll up late in Cover 2. Factor his press-coverage skills in Cover 3, and he becomes an advantage when sinking into zone.

In addition, Revis' field awareness and ability to quickly dissect plays will assist with perimeter run support. Despite not being the flashiest of defensive backs, Revis' entire repertoire locks away half the field versus the run and pass.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com highlight what Revis offers:

The Buccaneers desperately needed a shutdown corner with excellent versatility as well. In short, Revis will be a steep competitive advantage in the NFC south.

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Obviously, slowing the pass-happy attacks of the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons is a top priority. The Buccaneers ranked last in pass defense, while also allowing a 65.4 completion percentage and 30 passing touchdowns.

Fielding Revis, though, not only reduces the potential exploitation in 2013; it also pairs him with safety Dashon Goldson. Goldson signed in free agency shortly after the new league year kicked off (via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com).

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This duo will easily blanket the secondary, which acts as a strong complement to the front seven. Tampa managed only 27 sacks in 2012 and struggled to consistently control the line of scrimmage. Well, the spruced-up coverage allows the rush more time to get pressure, not to mention win on second and third down.

The essence of Revis' arrival simply helps Tampa's defense halt any offensive onslaught—which, in turn, gets the balanced offense on the field to win the possession battle and work the tempo.

We learn every year that a physical ground game and suffocating defense provides a favorable edge in January. Tampa Bay now presents this and will make a strong run at the playoffs in 2013.

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