There is plenty to be disappointed about in Tampa Bay this evening, as the Buccaneers will be headed home after falling to the New York Jets.
But one thing can bring at least a bit sunshine on this dark day.
Darrelle Revis is still Darrelle Revis.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested heavily in Revis, trading a first round pick to the Jets for his services, and then dropping 16 million dollars per years to keep him well paid and happy in Tampa Bay. He made his debut in pewter and red on Sunday, and did not disappoint.
The Jets tested Revis early, and he proved he was up to the task. He stayed on the hip of his receiver, breaking up two passes by diving in and swatting away the ball. Eventually the Jets would stop throwing his way, which meant he was doing his job.
One play in particular stood out, as Revis exploded towards the ball and dove inside of his receiver despite giving up a few yards after the receiver broke inside to make the catch. He looked like the quick, smart, talented player who earned tons of accolades in New York for his play at the cornerback position.
Revis didn’t play every play, as the Buccaneers don’t want to overload him on his first game back on the field. But when he was on the field, he made a difference and he changed the game.
So while a disappointing game from Leonard Johnson added to the list of negatives after a disappointing loss, the play of Revis means that Johnson will become less and less relevant as the season goes on, because Revis Island is slowly but surely taking root in Tampa Bay.