If you made a list of the top 10 players in the NFL, there’s a good chance New York Jets cornerback Darelle Revis would be on it. But would he be at the top of the list?
It probably depends on whose list it is. If it’s Jets coach Rex Ryan we’re talking about, then Revis is right up there – ahead of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and Michael Vick and Troy Polamalu.
After Revis held Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne to one catch for one yard in New York’s 17-16 victory Saturday, Ryan was typically over the top in his praise.
“Quite honestly, he's the best player in football,” Ryan said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “That was what you saw out there. Holding Reggie Wayne -- who led the league in catches, I think he had 111 catches or something -- to one catch for a whopping one yard, that tells you how good Darrelle Revis is. I know he's probably not going to win the Defensive Player of the Year award and all that kinda stuff, but the impact that he has is amazing.”
Revis, 25, didn’t have any interceptions this season, but teams rarely threw in his direction. In his first three seasons in the league, he totaled 14 picks.
“An amazing player, a once in a lifetime player,” Ryan said. “And we took advantage of him, and the thing this week will be the same deal because when people see him over there, they don't even throw to him. They realize that that guy is not open. I don't care who the receiver is, he's not going to be open, so we know that and will try to take advantage of it again this week.”