We all know that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback on the planet. When compared to players at other positions across the NFL, where exactly does he rank? It's tough to compare across positions because some have more impact on the game than others and some require especially unique skill sets to excel at, but Pro Football Focus has set out to do just that and they have ranked Darrelle Revis as the fifth-best player in the NFL.
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis sits at No. 5 on the Pro Football Focus list of the 101 top players in the NFL. PFF does a ton of work when evaluating players, and they have the numbers to back it up. While Darrelle Revis is often a victim of his position because there aren't solid numbers to back up how great he is, PFF has some good ones:
"Last season Revis was thrown at 85 times, but he allowed only 35 receptions and a single touchdown. Quarterbacks throwing into his coverage had a rating of just 45.6, and he got his hands to (either intercepted or defensed) 20 passes. Throwing at Revis was not a productive way to move the football, but teams forced it anyway."
While those numbers are outrageous for a cornerback who plays in a man coverage scheme with very little help, Revis steps his game up even more when it matters most:
"In the fourth quarter of games–the money quarter–Revis’ numbers became even more insane. He allowed just 26.1% of targets to be complete, picking off half as many balls (three) as he allowed completed (six). Passing on Revis is hard enough to begin with, but it only gets harder as the game goes on and he gets better at reading what’s coming. The game’s best corner was back to his best this season, and belongs in the Top 5 of our list."
Throwing at Revis in the fourth quarter is a high risk, low reward venture. Just don't do it. Also, Revis didn't just pick those passes off – he returned the one against the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener far enough to set up the game-winning field goal and set up the go-ahead score in the game against the San Diego Chargers with a 64-yard interception return.
Here's the Pro Football Focus Top 5:
Considering how Revis has done historically against big name wide receivers, he'd probably like a chance to prove he should be ranked ahead of Calvin Johnson head-to-head.
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