Darrelle Revis Comments on Questions About Conditioning, More

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2016

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) defends during the first half of an NFL football game against Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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The New York Jets are off to a 1-1 start in 2016, but cornerback Darrelle Revis has looked far from the shutdown corner who earned the designation "Revis Island" earlier in his career.

On Wednesday, Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press (h/t the Cleveland Daily Banner) noted some have questioned whether the 31-year-old still has the physical skill set to be the Hall of Fame-caliber player he was in his prime. There was also a report that Revis arrived at training camp out of shape, but the cornerback said he thought that was a shot from a former agent.

"He's just taking shots," Revis said. "But, it's fine. Like I said, you take the good with the bad. That was a shot. But it's all good."

When asked whether he thought the story came from his former agents, Revis replied, "No doubt."

On Sept. 12, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported the defensive star arrived at training camp out of shape.

"As I reported earlier this week, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis didn't work out hard this offseason," Cole later tweeted Sept. 15. "Source said ominously, 'You'll see. You'll see.'"

Revis fired agents Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod during the offseason, per Waszak, but Cole clarified they were not the sources for his report. Instead, he said his sources were "people who worked out with Revis."

"Jonathan and I only wish Darrelle the best of luck," Schwartz said when asked about the report, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Revis, who hasn't hired a new agent yet, admitted he gained some weight in the offseason after undergoing wrist surgery, which cut into his workouts, per Waszak.

Revis struggled to contain A.J. Green during New York's Week 1 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati's go-to option tallied 180 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the victory. Revis also allowed an 84-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin in New York's Week 2 win over the Buffalo Bills when the speedy receiver blew past him in the open field.

However, Revis' track record suggests he can bounce back, even if he is 31 years old. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro and won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots.

Revis will have a chance to salvage his early-season performance in Week 3 against a Kansas City Chiefs squad that ranks 18th in the league in total passing yards. He will have to keep up with Jeremy Maclin, who has 131 receiving yards and a touchdown this year, but he can help change the narrative of his 2016 campaign if he does so.


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