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Darrelle Revis, cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (five votes)
Coming off an ACL tear that put an early end to his 2012 campaign, Darrelle Revis not only needed to "come back" in 2013, but he needed to return to elite form.
And he did.
Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a disappointing season, Revis was patient with his rehab and stood out in a positive way. NFC South Lead Writer Knox Bardeen explained: "Revis made the right decisions while rehabbing his knee injury and then played through a tough situation with the Buccaneers and still produced at an incredibly high level. He’s not the best cornerback in the league anymore, but he’s close."
Lovie Smith likely won't necessarily incorporate more man coverage for Revis in 2014, but as a brilliant defensive mind, he'll get the best out of him.
Others receiving votes: Brent Grimes, cornerback, Miami Dolphins (two); Philip Rivers, quarterback, San Diego Chargers (two); Brian Orakpo, outside linebacker, Washington Redskins (one)